Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has claimed it would be ’embarrassing’ for Rangers not to finish second in the Scottish Premiership this season, after the money they have spent.

Aberdeen, Rangers and Hibernian are in a three-way battle to finish runners-up in the table, and the Dons can clinch second spot, with a win over the Ibrox side at Pittodrie on Tuesday night.

Whilst McInnes believes that finishing runners-up would be disappointing for his side or Neil Lennon’s Hibernian, it’s a bit more than that for the Ibrox club.

“Hopefully we can look back and see ourselves as the second best team in the country, with our league form,” he said, as quoted by STV Sport.

“Ourselves and Hibs will be hugely disappointed to come this close and not finish second.

“For Rangers, it’s a bit more than that.

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“For them, with the money they spend, it will be a bit more embarrassing.”

Both sides have swapped second place at various stages of the season, with the Gers winning all three league matches between the teams this season.

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McInnes’ comments will only add fuel to the fire in what is set to be a powderkeg atmosphere at Pittodrie. The game has a lot riding on it, the Gers will want to show progression from last season by finishing runners-up in the league table, whilst the Dons will want to get their dreadful form against both halves of the Old Firm overturned in a week, as they play Celtic on Sunday. Add in to the match the fact that McInnes turned down the chance to manage the Ibrox club earlier in the season, then you’ve got all the ingredients for what is set to be a very exciting night at Pittodrie, and one which incoming Gers boss Steven Gerrard will be watching with interest, as the Ibrox side face two huge tests, with a trip to Pittodrie followed by a trip to Easter Road on Sunday, he will find out a lot about the players he is set to take charge off with their performances in the next two fixtures.

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