Rangers

By Matt Bullin

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has taken a huge swipe at Rangers claiming they “should be embarrassed” by finishing below his side in the league.

Despite the fact this is Rangers’ first campaign in the top flight of Scottish football in four years, McInnes has claimed they should be finishing ahead of Aberdeen, who have finished second the last two seasons.

Speaking to the Glasgow Evening Times, McInnes said: “Any manager with the budget [Caixinha] has, which is five or six times what we’ve got, should be finishing second. They should be embarrassed they’ve not finished second.

“I think the Rangers fans are used to having people do a lot of talking towards them, whether that’s owners, managers or players saying what they want to hear.

“The reality is that the job of a Rangers manager is to finish above Celtic. So if he thinks he’s going to do a brilliant job by finishing above Aberdeen then he’ll quickly realise that’s not enough.”

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McInnes has been Aberdeen’s boss since March 2013, and he won a Scottish League Cup, and guided them into the Europa League twice.

The Gers, who sit in third, take on McInnes’ second-placed side on Wednesday night at Ibrox.

Rangers have come out on top in two of the three matches played between the sides this term, while Aberdeen have won one of the fixtures.

However despite their success against Aberdeen, Rangers have fallen well short of their traditional rivals Celtic, who have won five of the six encounters between the sides.

The Hoops are 30 points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the league, and 36 clear of third-placed Rangers.

In other Rangers news, Caixinha talks with 63-time international have been confirmed.

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