By Harry Sykes
Aberdeen have announced that Derek McInnes is set to miss the 1pm Aberdeen press conference amid heavy speculation that he is set to leave and take the manager’s job at Rangers, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim that McInnes’ move is finally expected to be sorted today after weeks of rumours.
Aberdeen’s Under-20s manager Paul Sheerin is stepping in for McInnes who the Scottish Sun says is “Rangers-bound”.
It is said that McInnes spent last night locked in talks with Stewart Milne about his future, and he also missed first-team training yesterday and was not expected there today.
Rangers just played Aberdeen twice in the Premiership and beat them twice, 3-0 and 2-1, leap-frogging them in the league table.
Now it looks like they’re going to take their manager too, with the no-show at the press conference being the clearest sign yet that McInnes will not be staying at Aberdeen.
Rangers will now be hoping that Aberdeen will grant them permission to talk to McInnes and that they can confirm him as new manager as quickly as possible.
It’s also fair to say that the affair will lead to some bad blood, with Aberdeen fans unhappy with how the potential appointment has been handled.
Betting has now been suspended with most of the major bookies, including SkyBet where McInnes had been the short-priced favourite for weeks.
Paddy Power is the only major bookie still taking bets at a prohibitively short price of 1.04. It means that you’d win 4p for ever £1 you bet.
In other Rangers news, Celtic have suddenly become a key part in the Gers’ bid to appoint McInnes.