Kris Commons has revealed that Derek McInnes got him on the phone on Wednesday to rage about what the former Celtic player said when the Aberdeen manager forgot his changes for the clash against Rangers on Sunday.
Commons believed that McInnes had lost his concentration about what was going on out on the pitch due to the speculation that has swirled around about him moving to Ibrox.
The 46-year-old has been constantly linked with succeeding Pedro Caixinha as Rangers manager, six week after the Portuguese boss had been sacked by the Glasgow club.
On Tuesday, the Gers finally made an approach for McInnes, but had it kicked into touch by Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne.
It was widely reported that McInnes wanted to hold talks about his future, but it was confirmed on Thursday that he wanted to stay at Pittodrie despite intense interest from Rangers.
Commons had suggested that all this speculation had affected him and his Dons side as they have suffered a poor run of form in the Premiership as of late that has seen them lose their second-placed spot in the Premiership as well as lose twice to the Light Blues last week.
“McInnes has obviously had to do some soul-searching. He admitted to me that he’d had a rough week when he phoned on Wednesday to take issue with what I’d said on television about him forgetting the changes made to his team before Sunday’s game against Rangers,” he said on the Daily Mail website.
“The call was fine. No problems. He thought I meant his concentration wasn’t on the game and that he somehow wasn’t being professional.
“I told him I was simply trying to get across how much must have been on his mind — not just the day before the game but for weeks leading up to it. The speculation had been constant and it would only have been natural if his head had been turned to mush.”
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has delivered a three-word verdict on the Gers’ statement about McInnes’ snub.