Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has revealed how he managed to deal with the intense rumours that surrounded him and the Rangers job.
McInness was heavily favoured to become the next permanent manager at Ibrox but elected to stay at Pittodrie after discussions with the Aberdeen board.
Graeme Murty was appointed as Light Blues manager until the end of the season after McInnes’ decision.
The speculation did seem to affect McInnes’ players, as they seemed distracted during a double-header with the Gers, in December, both of which they lost.
However, speaking to the Scottish Sun, the 46-year-old honestly admitted the speculation was just the nature of what comes with being a football manager.
He said: “It’s the nature of the job and you have to deal with it. But I think you learn what is important.
“You should switch off from what isn’t important because you are never going to please everybody. People think they know you, but they don’t really. It’s trying to keep everything real, and I was absolutely fine with it.”
McInnes’s side is currently in a battle for second place with Rangers in the Scottish Premiership table.
The Dons lead the Gers by three points with the teams set to meet in a huge match at Ibrox on the 24th of January.
The last meeting between the sides saw a ten-man Light Blues side emerge from Pittodrie with a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Danny Wilson and Josh Windass.
The Gers return to action before the match against Aberdeen with a Scottish Cup tie against Fraserburgh on the 21st of January.
In other Rangers news, fans were unhappy to see the club linked with David Cotterill