'Slap in the face' - Johnstone makes bold claim about McInnes Rangers snub
Rangers legend Derek Johnstone has called Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes’ decision to reject a move to Ibrox as a “slap in the face” for the Gers.
McInnes has opted to remain at Pittodrie after the Ibrox giants approached Aberdeen for permission to speak with the 46-year-old about replacing Pedro Caixinha as manager.
The Gers sacked the Portuguese in October with Graeme Murty taking interim control of the first-team and leading the Glasgow giants to back-to-back wins over McInnes’ side last week.
Johnstone insists that, after taking so long to ensure they had the right man for the job, McInnes’ rejection won’t go down well with the Ibrox board and boldly claimed that he will likely never be asked again.
“It is a huge call for Derek to make and it is a slap in the face to the Rangers board after they took six weeks going through the process and then made a move for him on Tuesday,” Johnstone said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“Derek is the only man that can say why he made the decision that he has.
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“It is a massive, massive call.
“If you say no to Rangers, you are unlikely to get asked again.”
Murty will now remain in interim charge of the first-team as they face a hectic run of games over the festive period before the Scottish Premiership enjoys a three-week shutdown in January.
Murty has taken charge of six games since taking the reins in October – winning four and losing two – and will be in the dugout when the Gers face Ross County on Saturday at Ibrox.
The Under-20’s head coach must now be in pole position to land the role on a permanent basis after McInnes opted to remain at Pittodrie.
In other Rangers news, Joe Dodoo is set to return to the club in January