Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has revealed why he turned down the chance to replace Pedro Caixinha as Rangers managers – and insists he has “no regrets” over his decision to remain at Pittodrie.

The Dons boss was the number one target to replace Caixinha after he was sacked in October, with the Gers board confirming they approached the Pittodrie side to bring McInnes back to the club he spent five years as a player.

McInnes said his “love” for the Dons was the primary factor to continue in the Granite City as the Dons challenge the Ibrox side for second in the Scottish Premiership.

“I’ve got no regrets about any decisions I’ve made in football in recent times,” McInnes said to the Times about his decision to snub Ibrox.

“There were times when I’ve had things to weigh up, but I’ve no regrets. I know I did the right thing.

“I feel I’ve been intensely loyal to Aberdeen. But it is because I love my job and I love this football club.”

McInnes played for the Gers between 1995 and 2000 and has been linked with taking over as manager on a number of occasions previously but after the statement released by the club in December was the first time their interest was confirmed.

After turning down the Gers once it appears unlikely they would move to bring McInnes back to Ibrox again in the future.

Football Insider verdict:

McInnes’ reasoning seems to ring a bit hollow given that he needed a few days off from his role as Dons boss to consider his future, leaving Under-20’s coach Paul Sheerin to take training in the days before a vital clash with Rangers at Ibrox. Whether or not he gets a second chance at taking over at Ibrox remains to be seen but it’s unlikely to happen any time in the near future. In time McInnes may come to regret his decision to stay at Pittodrie however Graeme Murty has done a decent job steadying the ship in the meantime as the Gers continue to search for Pedro Caixinha’s long-term successor.

In other Rangers news, the club must blow Celtic out of the water to sign the next Moussa Dembele.

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