Derek McInnes has disclosed the reasons why he turned down the chance to join Rangers and remain at Aberdeen.
He said: “It’s been a challenge for everybody concerned over the last wee while.
“Obviously, I had something to consider. As it is in life if you’re deemed to be doing well then you get opportunities or offers and decisions to make.
“I feel that I wasn’t prepared to walk away just yet, I’m really happy here as everybody knows and I wasn’t prepared to tarnish relationships.”
McInnes had been favourite to take over at Ibrox since the departure of Pedro Caixinha in October, and this week it seemed that he was finally going to take over at the club he played for between 1995 and 1999.
But with Aberdeen refusing the Gers permission to speak to their manager, and following talks with Dons chairman Stewart Milne McInnes decided to stay at the side he has lead to runners-up position in the last three Scottish Premiership seasons.
Graeme Murty is remaining as interim manager at Ibrox until the end of the year at least, as the hunt for the next permanent Rangers boss continues.
Ironically, Murty looked set to step down as interim manager after defeating Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen twice in five days, results which lifted Rangers up to second place in the Scottish Premiership.
He will now continue on, beginning with a match at Ibrox against Ross County, followed by a midweek visit to Neil Lennon’s Hibs.
In other Rangers news, fans were unhappy with a statement on the club website