'You can never tell' - Shinnie makes admission about McInnes and Rangers speculation
By James Black
Aberdeen star Graeme Shinnie has asserted he expects Rangers target Derek McInnes to remain at Pittodrie.
McInnes is the bookies’ favourite to replace Pedro Caixinha at Ibrox but Dons captain Shinnie believes the 46-year-old will remain in charge at Pittodrie.
The Scottish Sun has recently reported that the Dons boss is the Rangers board’s No 1 choice to be named as their next manager.
Caixiha was sacked by the Ibrox giants two weeks ago and a host of names have been linked with a move to Ibrox including most recently Steve McClaren.
McInnes has been a huge success at Pittodrie – leading the Dons to a cup win and three consecutive second-place finishes in the Scottish Cup – and is an in-demand manager.
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The 46-year-old held talks with Sunderland earlier this year over replacing David Moyes at the Stadium of Light before deciding to remain in Scotland.
Shinnie admits that anything can happen in football but the Aberdeen players need to “get on with it” as speculation surrounds their manager’s future.
“Yes, I expect him to be there,” Shinnie said, as quoted by STV.
“I hope he will be there.
“Football is football, you can never tell what is going to happen.”
Shinnie joined the Dons in June 2015 on a free transfer after his Inverness Caledonian Thistle contract expired.
The midfielder has been a key player in Derek McInnes’ side since moving to Pittodrie and could be rewarded for his fine form for his club by picking up his first international cap for Scotland against Holland on Thursday.
The 26-year-old has made 114 appearances for the Reds since swapping Inverness for Aberdeen.
In other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.