Aberdeen legend aims dig at Rangers for reported McInnes pursuit
By James Black
Aberdeen legend Willem van der Ark believes Rangers target Derek McInnes should stay at Pittodrie and has aimed a sly dig at Gers for nothing being an improvement on his current role.
McInnes is the bookies’ favourite to be Rangers’ next manager after Pedro Caixinha was sacked by the 54-times Scottish champions last month.
The Scotsman has reported that the Light Blues are looking to end their pursuit of the ex-Bristol City and St Johnstone boss this week by announcing him as Caixinha’s successor.
Former Dutch striker van der Ark was part of the Dons side which came close to winning a Scottish title when they were pipped by the Ibrox side on the final day of the season in 1991.
Van der Ark won a Scottish League Cup and Scottish Cup during three years with the Dons between 1989 and 1992 but thinks it would be better for Aberdeen if McInnes was to stay in the Granite City.
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“I think it will be a pity if Derek leaves Aberdeen because he is doing well,” van der Ark said, as quoted by the Evening Express website.
“You want him to stay and I think it is better for Aberdeen if he stays.
“He’s been there for over four years and maybe he wants a change.
“But at this moment I don’t think it is an improvement for Derek to go to Rangers because Aberdeen are still better at the moment.”
McInnes led the Dons to their first trophy in 20 years when he won the Scottish League Cup in 2015 and has been responsible for the Pittodrie side finishing in second-place in the Scottish Premiership for the last three seasons.
Graeme Murty is in interim charge of Rangers after Pedro Caixinha’s sacking and has won both of his games in charge of the Light Blues.
The Ibrox board are believed to be in no rush to appoint a successor after sacking Caixinha only 229 days into a three year contract.
In other Rangers team news, Graeme Murty has saluted Kenny Miller