Willie Miller has boldly claimed that if Derek McInnes wants to leave Aberdeen to become the new Rangers manager then he will make sure that happens.
The Dons refused the Gers permission to speak to McInnes on Tuesday but Miller, who won three titles with Aberdeen as manager, believes that won’t make a difference, as quoted by the Aberdeen Evening Express.
“Ultimately it is now in Derek McInnes’ hands, not Aberdeen’s,” he said, “it is a long hard thought process for him. But the next step is up to Derek McInnes.
“This is the start of negotiations and is the beginning of the end game. I would hope that within the week the decision will be made – Derek stays or he goes.”
The current Aberdeen boss has been at Pittodrie for four years, and in that time he won the Dons their first domestic trophy in 20 years, and has finished runners-up to Celtic in the last three Scottish Premiership seasons.
McInnes has been considered the favourite to be the next Rangers boss since Pedro Caixinha was sacked in October, but no approach had been made for him until in the last 24 hours to make the return to the side he played for between 1995 and 1999.
The delay may have been down to the fact that Aberdeen recently played the Gers in a league double-header, with both games being won by the Graeme Murty managed Ibrox side.
The Gers are now in second place in the Scottish Premiership table, ahead of Aberdeen on goal difference.
If McInnes takes over at Ibrox his first game in charge is against Ross County at Ibrox, before a set of difficult fixtures including a trip to Neil Lennon’s Hibs and a Glasgow derby against Celtic on the 30th of December.
In other Rangers news, Jason Holt wants Graeme Murty involved in the coaching set-up at Ibrox