‘It’s done and dusted’ – McInnes shuns Rangers speculation

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has attempted to put an end to speculation linking him with the vacant post at Rangers.

The Ibrox club have been without a manager for more than four weeks after Pedro Caixinha was sacked, and following their 2-1 defeat to Dundee on Friday will want to appoint a new man with much haste. 

McInnes, who has been a front runner for the role from the beginning, says that will not be him, reiterating a statement from chairman Stewart Milne, who said the former Bristol Rovers boss has “no intentions” of leaving the club.

“I want to reiterate what the chairman said,” McInnes told the press. “I speak to him every other day and relationships are key to me. He wanted to put something out, he spoke to me about it and I was happy for him to do that. 

“I have never been one who feels the need to react to speculation and I don’t see how I can pick and choose. I’m getting asked all the time about this job or that job. A month ago I was asked about the Scotland job and I answered one question about it so everyone was happy with that. Nobody has really asked me about West Brom.

“Nobody is asking the Celtic manager if he’s interested in Everton or any other job that has come up every week but there has been this obsession with the Rangers job. If people want to know about the Rangers job I would suggest they go down to Glasgow and ask them about it, don’t be speaking to me or my players. 

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“Has it angered me? Not initially because you can’t control the speculation and, in the past, I have usually answered it and we have moved on. 

“But that doesn’t seem to be good enough so I would reinforce everything the chairman has said. I am very happy here, I have a job I’m focused on here. For me it’s done and dusted now.”

Meanwhile, the Dons published what they considered to be “strong” financial results, with a £2 million increase in turnover and operating profits of over £500,000.