By Danny Wright

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne has admitted that it’s a “good sign” that manager Derek McInnes is being linked with a move away from Pittodrie.

The Scottish Sun has reported that McInnes, 46, is the number one target of Rangers as they search for a successor for Pedro Caixinha while the Express and Star has claimed that the former St Johnstone boss is keen to enter talks with Premier League side West Brom.

Rangers have been hunting for a new manager since Caixinha was sacked almost four weeks ago and for most of that time McInnes has been the favourite among the bookmakers to be named his permanent heir in the Ibrox hotseat.

However recently the odds have shifted to see Alex McLeish become favourite to return to Ibrox.

Aberdeen chief Milne has revealed that he is yet to have received any approaches for McInnes from both Rangers and West Brom, but he has claimed that doesn’t come to a surprise to him given how well the Scot has done at Pittodrie.

“We’ve had no requests from anyone to speak to Derek,” Milne said to radio station Northsound 1, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“And as both Derek and I have said on many occasions, the reality is if a manager is doing well in Scotland then if vacancies come about in England there’s a pretty high chance that Derek McInnes or some other manager in Scotland will be associated with that job.

“Speculation will always be out there and I think it’s a good sign in as much that they only speculate about managers who are doing well.

“I think everyone knows the fantastic job Derek has done over the last four years or so and speculation is just something we have to deal with.”

McInnes has guided Aberdeen to finishing runners-up to Celtic in the past three Scottish Premiership season, beating the Light Blues in the league standings last term on their return to the top-flight.

West Brom now seem to be having a bit impact on the Gers’ search for a manager after they sacked Tony Pulis on Monday with them just a point above the Premier League relegation zone.

In other Rangers news, the Gers and bitter rivals Celtic are joint second favourites to snap up this Premier League forward in January.

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