Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes says his relationship with the Aberdeen fans played a key role in his decision to turn down the chance to become Rangers manager but also said “none of this was my doing”.
The 46-year-old was the favourite to succeed Pedro Caixinha at Ibrox, who was sacked in October after just seven months in charge, but he decided to remain at Aberdeen.
McInnes was expected to be confirmed as the new Rangers boss on Thursday evening, after missing a training session and a press conference earlier in the week, but a shock twist saw him remain at Aberdeen.
The Dons boss feels he made the right choice by staying, although some supporters have questioned his loyalty, after he looked to be on his way out of the club.
However, McInnes insists that he has always done what is best for the club during his four-and-a-half year spell as at Pittodrie.
“I can’t change what some people think but none of this was my doing,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I know what was right and I’ve always worked hard for Aberdeen. I’ve always given my club everything, whether I was a player or manager.”
It’s a bizarre claim as Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne had said Rangers could have landed their man if they’d been more effective in their chase.
It also suggests that the entire truth still hasn’t come out about the affair.
McInnes watched his side beat Dundee 1-0 in Scottish Premiership action on Friday night and got a good reception from the Dons fans.
“But what was clear from Friday, even from the warm-up, was that supporters were there with an intent to show support to everybody,” he added.
As for Rangers, the club are still searching for a new boss.
Under-20s coach Graeme Murty is in caretaker charge and has won five of his seven matches, including back-to-back Scottish Premiership victories over McInnes’ Aberdeen last week.
Gers are currently in second place in the Scottish Premiership table, level on points with third-placed Aberdeen.