Chris Sutton slammed Rangers on Twitter for “another shambolic situation” after Derek McInnes rejected the chance to become their new manager in a sensational snub on Thursday.
Aberdeen announced on their official website that McInnes had turned down the chance to hold talks with the Light Blues after being given time off by the Dons to consider his options following the approach on Tuesday.
The 46-year-old will remain in charge at Pittodrie and is set to be in the dugout for their Scottish Premiership clash against Dundee on Friday night.
BT Sport pundit and ex-Celtic striker Sutton described McInnes’ decision as “great news for Aberdeen” but claimed it was “another shambolic situation at Rangers”.
.@btsportfootball McInnes to stay at Aberdeen… Great news for Aberdeen! Another shambolic situation at Rangers??? Your thoughts??
— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73) December 7, 2017
The Dons boss was Rangers’ first choice to replace Pedro Caixinha, who was sacked on October 26.
Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne said on the official site: “As everyone is aware, Rangers made an approach on Tuesday evening and they were refused permission to speak with Derek.
“I spoke with Derek who felt it was a major thing to be considered for the managerial position at a club such as Rangers and we agreed that he could have some time to think about the approach and talk it through with his family.
“Over the past 48 hours, I have been in constant dialogue with Derek and having weighed up the opportunity, he has taken the decision to remain as Aberdeen FC manager.”
Graeme Murty has been in caretaker charge at Ibrox since former boss Caixinha was given his marching orders after only seven months as manager.
Murty has won four of his six games in his second spell in temporary charge, including back-to-back victories over McInnes’ Aberdeen last week.
The caretaker boss is expected to remain in charge of Rangers for the Scottish Premiership clash with struggling Ross County this weekend.