Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes plays down speculation linking him with Rangers

Ross Houston
February 15, 2017

He spoke as one of the frontrunners, Aberdeen's Derek McInnes, put distance between himself and the vacancy by insisting he was happy in the north-east.

All three deny having done so.

King said: "The management team's agent approached the club's managing director Stewart Robertson to request a meeting which was held in Glasgow on Monday this week".

"It is important to say that we are also looking at a director of football role and that will be a key appointment for the structure of the club", he added.

Robertson also insisted the board had a clear plan in place - in the wake of outspoken criticism from ex-Celtic striker Chris Sutton - and that funds would be available to the new manager.

Alex McLeish would be willing to speak to his former club about stepping in until the end of the season and has also been touted in some quarters as an option for director of football.

"It needs to be a modern football club, we are sitting here in the trophy room and we want to bring back the days where we are adding to the collection of trophies that we have here."

We are looking for the highest calibre possible, a club of this standing deserves the highest quality of manager.

The Gers claimed that they agreed to waive their right to compensation so that Warburton and his backroom team could make the process of joining another club much smoother.

"But most of all we need someone who is a victor and someone who gets what this is all about and what Rangers is all about, which is winning". Murty is taking training this week and, according to an Ibrox source yesterday, is now "almost certain" to be in charge at Dens this weekend.

The club's desire to install a director of football could impact on the willingness of some managerial candidates to consider coming on board.

"It's working well there so I think that's exactly what Rangers need to do to take the club forward in a very positive sense". "I can not do anything about speculation and have never been one to get hung up on rumour or gossip whether it regards myself or my players".

McInnes' focus on finishing the job at Pittodrie will come as a huge relief to Aberdeen supporters. I am fully focused on my job here.

He said: "My only concern is about focusing on Aberdeen".

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