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28th Apr, 2017 | 5:06pm

Top-flight boss responds to reported Rangers interest in 25-year-old midfield ace

By Harvey Byrne

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has stated he’s not surprised club’s are looking at his top players after reports emerged that Rangers were looking to make an approach for Kenny McLean.

The Scottish Sun claimed earlier in the week that the Ibrox giants were closely monitoring the 25-year-old central midfielder as they look to strengthen their side in the summer.

The one-time capped Scotland international is key for Aberdeen, who are currently nine points above Rangers in the Scottish top-flight table and could certainly be identified as a player who can help the Gers push further on.

However, McInnes has stated that the Dons’ are in charge of their key players who are still contracted to the club and has told that it neither fazes him or surprises him to see his stars linked with a move away.

“I’ve never been one to comment on any real speculation. The only thing I would say is that Kenny is a really good player and we’ve got a lot of players here who I’m sure are on a lot of clubs’ lists,” told McInnes, as quoted by the Press and Journal.

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“Over the past few seasons we’ve worked and nurtured and got performances of a high level from a lot of players.

“It’s naïve to think that no one else takes notice of that. We’ve done well as a club to keep all our players, even up until now.

“We had a bid for Jonny Hayes in January which we managed to reject and keep him but there’s no doubting that there will be other clubs looking at the performances and consistency our players have produced over the last few years.

“For me, it doesn’t faze us or surprise us if clubs are looking at our players. But they’re under contract and we’re in charge of it.”

McLean was in fact released by the Rangers youth system at a young age before joining St. Mirren where he eventually broke through and shined before completing a £300,000 transfer to Aberdeen in the 2015 winter window.

He has played in all 33 of McInnes’ side’s 33 Premiership matches this season, returning four goals and two assists and is one of the star’s of the team sat in second place.

However, with his contract set to enter it’s final year this summer McInnes may find McLean will often be linked with a move elsewhere until his future is secured.

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