Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty will not be taking charge of first-team training on Wednesday, according to a reliable journalist.
Radio Clyde reporter Alison Conroy claimed on her personal Twitter account on Wednesday that the duo will not be involved in the training session which comes after Rangers had an approach rejected for them on Tuesday.
Suggestions Derek McInnes & Tony Docherty won’t be taking Aberdeen training today
— Alison Conroy (@AlisonGConroy) December 6, 2017
Aberdeen confirmed on their official website that they had kicked into touch a move from the managerless Glasgow club but there have been widespread reports since that the Gers have not given up on trying to land McInnes.
Conroy’s update serves as a stunning update in Rangers’ bid to appoint McInnes as it could mean that there is something happening that has led to his absence.
The Daily Record has reported that things could be about to get messy in the Light Blues’ pursuit of the 46-year-old as he may now be forced into quitting his post at Pittodrie in order to move to Ibrox.
It is understood that the Govan side made a £1million compensation fee offer on Tuesday for both McInnes and his No 2 Docherty.
Football Insider Verdict
This could be a watershed moment in Rangers’ bid to land McInnes. It’s a huge sign that something is in the offing for him to not be training with the first-team as he could be in talks with Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne about wanting to leave. Usually when a manager misses training, his assistant will take over but with Docherty also absent, it’s a big sign of something happening. Rangers might not be able to get someone hired in time for this weekend’s game against Ross County but next Wednesday’s clash against Neil Lennon’s Celtic could be a good game to target. Graeme Murty has done a decent job in caretaker charge but him overseeing losses to Dundee and Hamilton should not be forgotten about.
In other Rangers news, the Gers are to make a new manager bid after Tuesday’s development.