Rangers have made an approach for Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, it has been confirmed.
The Dons announced on their official website on Tuesday night that they have emphatically rejected the Light Blues’ advance for the 46-year-old after asking to go into talks with him.
It is a huge breakthrough in the Glasgow club’s bid to replace Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked six weeks ago in October.
It has been widely reported that it will cost Rangers £800,000 in compensation fees to prise McInnes away from Pittodrie and that a move would be made this week.
McInnes has been the hot favourites with the bookmakers ever since Caixinha’s dismissal and saw his side lose twice to Rangers last week, who have been led up to second in the Premiership table by caretaker manager Graeme Murty.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s about time there has been some official word come out about the Gers’ hunt for a new manager, expect it hasn’t come out of Ibrox. Aberdeen are right to stand their ground, but where does this leave Rangers? They may have put all their eggs in one basket by moving for McInnes and this rejection could have a major backlash. Murty has done a great job in caretaker charge so could be handed the role until the end of the season. His winning of the two games against the Dons last week were some of the best results the club has had since promotion back to the Scottish top-flight.
In other Rangers news, Celtic have suddenly become a key part in the Gers’ bid to appoint McInnes.