Rangers had reached such an advanced levels of talks with Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes last week that they had discussed what starting line-up would be put out against Ross County on Saturday, according to a report.
The Herald claims that McInnes, 46, had made plans to take charge of the clash at Ibrox, which many expected would be the Dons manager’s first game for the Glasgow club.
However McInnes snubbed the chance to return to Ibrox on Thursday after a £1million compensation fee was agreed upon with Aberdeen for him and assistant manager Tony Docherty to switch to the Gers.
It is understood that the former Bristol City and St Johnstone boss would have doubled his wages by moving to Rangers and had already held talks about the transfer budget for the upcoming January window.
The Herald adds that McInnes may have also requested to delay his appointment at Rangers until next month, but that was something that the Glasgow side were not keen on and had a deal “put in place” before his rejection on Thursday.
Football Insider Verdict
These developments show that McInnes’ rejection last week was completely out of the blue and perhaps annoyed Rangers to the degree that they would go on to release one of the saltiest statements ever made. The Light Blues must have been writing up all the press releases about to announce the Aberdeen boss as Pedro Caixinha’s successor before his shock rejection. Rangers’ search for a new manager became a complete farce last week but it seems Graeme Murty was able to get a positive vibe back at Ibrox on Saturday by leading his side to a win against Ross County. It may be best for the Gers to keep him until the end of the season due to how well he has done.
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