Joe Harper has taken a swipe at Rangers after they approached Aberdeen for permission to speak to Derek McInnes about replacing Pedro Caixinha as manager on Tuesday.
The Pittodrie board rejected Rangers’ request, as confirmed by a statement on the Dons’ website, as they look to hang on to their most successful manager in years.
McInnes is the Gers’ first-pick as Caixinha’s replacement and, after leaving interim manager Graeme Murty in charge for almost six weeks, the Ibrox side want to bring their search to a close.
Aberdeen icon Harper believes whoever takes over at Ibrox is “on a hiding to nothing” as the Glasgow giants continue to rebuild after their financial meltdown of 2012.
“Hopefully Derek McInnes has more ambition than to take over at Rangers,” Harper said, as quoted by the Evening Express.
“Now the Ibrox club have come calling for him, he too should knock them back and hold fire for a more stable club.
“There has never been any doubt McInnes’ success at Pittodrie will inevitably see him move on.
“However, the chaos of Ibrox is not the answer.
“Anyone who takes on that job is on a hiding to nothing.”
The Aberdeen boss is no stranger to Rangers after spending five years at Ibrox as a player between 1995 and 2000.
Rangers will almost certainly make a second approach for McInnes and it will likely come down to how much compensation Aberdeen want for the former St. Johnstone and Bristol City boss.
Since taking charge of the Dons, McInnes has lifted the Scottish League Cup as well as securing three consecutive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership.
The Gers face Ross County on Saturday afternoon at Ibrox and will be hoping McInnes is in place by then.
In other Rangers news, Celtic have suddenly become a key part in the Gers’ bid to appoint McInnes.