Rangers have made their move to appoint Derek McInnes as manager but have been rebuffed by Aberdeen in a statement released by the Dons board – and fans on Twitter are not sure what to think.
The Pittodrie side confirmed in a statement released on their club website that they had rejected Rangers’ approach to speak to McInnes about replacing Pedro Caixinha – a major development in their hunt for a new boss.
The Gers sacked Caixinha almost six weeks ago and have pinpointed the 46-year-old Dons boss as their main target to take the vacant hotseat but the club are unwilling to let their manager leave.
Rangers fans are split on whether McInnes is the right man to lead the Gers but most expect to see him appointed before too long – with one imploring the former St Johnstone boss to “hand it in” and resign.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
Just saw Derek McInnes in Slaters getting measured up for a suit and had this lying on the table next to him pic.twitter.com/WpGceg6T0L
— Boab (@Boaby25) December 6, 2017
I’ll be stunned if this Derek McInnes saga doesn’t end with him wearing a fresh pair a brogues ????
— Craig Hughes (@bigshug5) December 6, 2017
#handitin Derek McInnes ????
— Connor Forbes ♊️ (@itsconnorforbes) December 6, 2017
I feel we’re wasting some amount of money to get McInnes in when we could get an alternative who maybe isn’t coaching and save a few quid even with a signing on fee or advance in wage
We haven’t the EBTs to back us up financially anymore ????????♂️
— Big G ???????? (@RFCGW) December 6, 2017
Aberdeen will go back to finishing in the bottom half of the league when McInnes leaves them
— williamcroall81 (@croall81) December 6, 2017
And it’s McInnes they sued, not Rangers. Rangers would be obliged to pay the compensation on his behalf
— Chris McLaughlin (@Chr1sMcLaughlin) December 6, 2017
If we're not careful, this approach for McInnes could create some lasting ill-will between us and Aberdeen.
— Alex Anderson (@FatEck) December 5, 2017
Graeme Murty has been in interim charge since Caixinha’s sacking and led the Gers to two wins over McInnes’ side in the last week.
The Light Blues are currently second in the Scottish Premiership – leading Aberdeen on goal difference – and trail leaders Celtic by seven points after playing one game more than Brendan Rodgers’ side.
The Gers face Ross County in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday afternoon at Ibrox in what could be McInnes’ first game in charge of the Glasgow giants.
McInnes has been Aberdeen manager since 2013 and has lifted the Scottish League Cup with the Dons and secured three consecutive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership.
In other Rangers news, Celtic have suddenly become a key part in the Gers’ bid to appoint McInnes.