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1st Nov, 2017 | 5:46pm

Nothing will phase him: Scottish boss says McInnes won't be distracted by Rangers link

By John Reid

Hamilton manager Simon Canning has suggested that nothing will distract Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes.

Despite being the odds-on favourite for the Rangers job, Canning expects a difficult game from an Aberdeen side currently sitting in second place in the Scottish Premiership.

Speaking to STV Sport, Canning said, “I think when you look at Aberdeen’s job and you look at Derek himself, they’re too professional.

Obviously he knocked back a job in the summer as well.

He puts Aberdeen first and that’s his thing. I can’t see it being any different on Saturday.”

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Since the recent departure of Pedro Caixinha, McInnes has been frequently linked with a return to the club he played for between 1995 and 2000.

As yet no talks have taken place between Aberdeen and Rangers, reportedly the compensation the Ibrox will have to pay Aberdeen to secure McInnes’ services is £1.5 million.

Youth team coach Graeme Murty, who took charge of Rangers for last week’s 3-1 over Hearts is set to manage the team again this weekend for Saturday’s match against Partick Thistle.

Despite all the speculation regarding their manager, Aberdeen have remained in good form.

They recently defeated Ross County 2-1 at Pittodrie, and currently sit only one point behind Celtic – and five points ahead of Rangers – in the Scottish Premiership league table.

In other Rangers news, former boss Pedro Ciaxinha is set to agree a pay-off with the club

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