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13th Nov, 2017 | 8:09am

'I hope he is here' - Midfielder makes admission about reported Rangers manager interest

By James Black

Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean has admitted he hopes manager Derek McInnes is still in charge at Pittodrie when they take on Motherwell this weekend despite Rangers wanting him to replace Pedro Caixinha.

The Ibrox giants sacked the Portuguese almost three weeks ago, leading to the Scottish Sun tp report that the ex-Bristol City boss is still the number one choice of the Gers’ board to replace Caixinha.

McInnes was in the running to take the job when Caixinha was appointed in March and the Gers now look set to swoop for the Dons gaffer.

McLean has been an integral part of McInnes’ side at Pittodrie since moving north from St. Mirren and admits he isn’t surprised his boss is attracting interest from elsewhere.

“I hope he is here for the next game against Motherwell,” McLean said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

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“I think everybody involved in the club will be feeling the same.

“We can’t dictate what is going to happen there.

“There is loads of speculation but I’m sure he will come in on Monday ready to go and focused on preparing the team for Saturday.”

The Dons have finished second in the Scottish Premiership in each of the last three seasons under McInnes and lifted their first trophy in 20 years when the former Rangers midfielder led them to the Scottish League Cup in 2015.

The Reds currently sit three points behind leaders Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

Rangers return to domestic action after the international break when they take on Hamilton on Saturday.

Under-20’s boss Graeme Murty has been in charge of the first-team since Caixinha’s sacking and has led the Gers to two wins from his two games at the helm.

In other Rangers news, Ryan Jack has opened up on the abuse he received during his international debut at Pittodrie.

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