Sky Sports pundit Kris Commons believes facing Rangers at Ibrox “won’t bother” Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes despite snubbing the chance to become Gers manager in December.
The Gers approached Aberdeen to talk to McInnes about replacing Pedro Caixinha as manager after the Portuguese was sacked in October only for McInnes to decide to remain at Pittodrie.
McInnes was widely expected to take over at Ibrox after spending five years with the Gers as a player between 1995 and 2000.
The two sides haven’t met since but will go head-to-head on Wednesday when McInnes takes his side to Ibrox to take on Graeme Murty’s new-look Gers.
Commons insists the reception McInnes receives on his old stomping ground “won’t bother” him as he as a “very strong mental toughness.”
“On Wednesday night, Derek McInnes will return to Ibrox for the first time since turning down the chance to manage Rangers,” Commons said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“I can’t say for certain what kind of reception the Aberdeen manager will get. But what I do know for sure is that whatever welcome awaits, it won’t bother him.
“McInnes has a very strong mental toughness about him. He had it as a player at Rangers, he has it as a manager and it’s also reflected in his Aberdeen team.”
The two sides last met in November with the Gers winning back-to-back clashes under then-interim manager Graeme Murty.
Wednesday’s clash will be the Gers first game after the winter break following the weather-enforced postponement of Sunday’s Scottish Cup fourth round tie with Highland League minnows Fraserburgh.
A win for the Ibrox giants would see them leapfrog Aberdeen into second place in the Scottish Premiership table on goal difference.
Aberdeen returned to action on Saturday with a comfortable 4-1 Scottish Cup win over St. Mirren at Pittodrie.