McLeish hints Aberdeen pal Cormack may have something big up his sleeve to challenge Rangers/Celtic

Celtic and Rangers will have to battle the threat of an “ambitious” Aberdeen side next season following Derek McInnes’ departure. 

That is according to former Dons star and Gers boss Alex McLeish who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, hinted his friend Pittodrie chairman Dave Cormack could invest heavily on new signings as he prepares to unveil ambitious new manager.

Aberdeen announced on Wednesday McInnes had agreed to step down from his role after eight years in charge.

The Dons currently sit fourth in the Premiership table, 19 points behind Celtic and 39 off champions Rangers.

McLeish admitted finances could limit McCormack’s plans at Pittodrie but insisted McInnes’ departure was a sign of the ambition in north-east Scotland.

McLeish told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I’ve got to know Dave Cormack pretty well over the years. He is an ambitious guy and has done really well in business.

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“I think he’ll go with the same fervour for the – I don’t want to say new-look Aberdeen, because at the end of the day it’s all about recruitment. 

“After you get your manager, head coach, whatever, you have to have great recruitment. That will be the key of an ongoing Aberdeen team, whether it’s a different style.

“Whether it’s a challenge to Rangers and Celtic, I would say that could be difficult unless they throw money at it.

“You’re supposed to strive according to your means but Dave is an ambitious guy. He wants to bring in a coach with different ideas.”

In other news, McLeish claims John Collins could make some excellent signings amid Celtic return confession.