Rangers manager Graeme Murty insists the Gers “respect” Derek McInnes’ decision to reject the chance to take the reigns at Ibrox after Pedro Caixinha was sacked.
The Ibrox giants approached Aberdeen for permission to speak with McInnes in December before the Dons boss decided to stay where he was – leading to Murty assuming control until the end of the season.
Murty’s side welcome Aberdeen to Ibrox on Wednesday night in the Scottish Premiership knowing a win would see them leapfrog the Dons into second-place in the table.
The Gers boss believes McInnes is working “really well” putting a squad together at Pittodrie and warned the former Rangers midfielder to expect a “tasty” atmosphere on Wednesday.
“Derek made his position perfectly clear. We respect his position,” Murty said, as quoted by BBC Scotland.
“I don’t think any Rangers-Aberdeen game needs any extra edge. There always seems to be something going on.
“Derek is staying at a good football club, with a good squad that he is putting together really well.
“The atmosphere will be tasty but they always are in these games.”
Murty has already faced the Dons twice since replacing Caixinha – coming out with the win both times – and will be hoping his side can take maximum points in their first game back after the winter break.
The Gers will likely field a much-changed side after making four new signings so far in the January transfer window with Jason Cummings, Jamie Murphy, Sean Goss and Russell Martin all arriving on loan.
Aberdeen returned to action on Saturday with a 4-1 Scottish Cup fourth round win over St, Mirren at Pittodrie while the Gers’ scheduled trip to face Highland League minnows Fraserburgh fell victim to the weather and was postponed.
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