Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne has claimed Rangers’ statement “endorsing” Derek McInnes’ decision to remain with the Dons was “totally out of line.”

Rangers approached the Dons for permission to speak with McInnes earlier in the week – which Milne rejected – before McInnes confirmed his desire to stay at Pittodrie on Thursday evening.

The Gers then released a board statement on the club’s website backing McInnes’ decision while suggesting it was too big of a task for the former Ibrox midfielder.

Milne believes the statement should have had the author’s name attached to it and slammed the “lack of ownership.”

“I don’t think the statement that came out was befitting of a club like Rangers,” Dons senior man Milne told BBC Scotland, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“The other thing that surprised me is that when an important statement comes out from a club like Rangers it should have ownership.

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“That should have been from someone with power and authority.

“It came out without a name being attached to it.

“That was very disappointing and whether their intentions were this or not, it cast doubt on Derek’s capabilities which was totally out of line.”

McInnes’ decision came as a huge surprise to many and now leaves interim boss Graeme Murty in charge until the end of 2017.

The Under-20’s head coach has won four of his six games in charge and could lead the Gers to three consecutive wins for the first time since December 2016 with a win over Ross County on Saturday afternoon.

Murty will face six games between now and the end of December with trips to Hibs and Celtic to come this month as the Gers face a busy festive schedule.

After the Old Firm clash on December 30th, the Scottish Premiership stops for its winter break with the Gers out of competitive action until January 21st.

In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has had Neil Lennon in stitches with his latest rant about the Gers’ manager search.

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