Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney insists reports linking manager Derek McInnes with the vacant Rangers job are just “part and parcel” of a football team being successful.

The Daily Record report that the Gers will make an approach for McInnes this week as they finally bring their search for Pedro Caixinha’s replacement to an end.

McInnes, 46, is the bookies’ favourite to take the reins at Ibrox and could be in the hotseat for the Scottish Premiership clash with Ross County on Saturday.

“There is always going to be speculation when a team and the manager are doing well,” Rooney said, as quoted by the Evening Express.

“It is part and parcel of the game and the players cannot be affected by what is written in the newspapers and media.

“We just get on with our jobs and don’t let speculation get to us. We just focus on our own jobs which is getting ready for the next game.”

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Despite Rooney’s claims, Aberdeen have won only one game since Caixinha’s sacking in October.

McInnes replaced Craig Brown as Dons boss in 2013 and is under contract at Pittodrie until 2020.

The former Rangers midfielder almost joined Sunderland over the summer but opted to remain at Pittodrie before agreeing a new contract with the Dons.

Since replacing Brown in the Pittodrie hotseat, McInnes has taken the Dons to three successive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership and lifted the Scottish League Cup in 2014.

If McInnes does take charge at Ibrox, he’ll be taking over at the side who have just usurped the Dons in second place in the league after two wins in four days over Aberdeen.

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