Date: 6th December 2017 at 11:50am
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Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty have missed training less than 24 hours after the Dons board rejected approach from Rangers to speak to the pair, according to a reliable journalist.

BBC Scotland reporter Chris McLaughlin claimed on his personal Twitter account that the management duo will be absent from the Dons’ training ground before further details from the BBC journalist Steven Duff revealed that coaches Barry Robson and Paul Sheerin were taking charge of the session.

Aberdeen-based Duff posted the image of the Dons’ training session on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning.

McInnes, 46, has been a huge success at Pittodrie after guiding the Dons to three successive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership as well as lifting the Scottish League Cup in 2014.

Aberdeen released a statement on their official website on Tuesday night confirming the Glasgow giants had asked to speak to McInnes but had been rejected – serving as a major development in their bid for a new boss.

The Gers have been looking for a new manager since sacking Pedro Caixinha on October 26th – just seven months into a three-and-a-half year contract.

Under-20’s head coach Graeme Murty has been in short-term control while the Ibrox board hunt for Caixinha’s successor and it appears that Sunday’s 2-1 win over McInnes’ Aberdeen on Sunday will have been Murty’s final game in charge.

The Light Blues face Ross County in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon and will be hoping to continue the momentum gained after back-to-back wins over Aberdeen catapulted the Gers into second in the league.

In other Rangers news, Celtic have suddenly become a key part in the Gers’ bid to appoint McInnes.

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