Aberdeen boss McInnes plays down Rangers link

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has poured cold water on speculation linking him with a return to Rangers.

The Dons manager and former Ibrox midfielder is among the leading candidates being tipped to replace Mark Warburton following the Englishman's shambolic exit last week.

But speaking to the media ahead of the Pittodrie side's midweek Ladbrokes Premiership clash with Motherwell, he insisted his focus remained firmly on his current post in the Granite City.

The Reds' official Twitter feed quoted McInnes as saying: "I've never been one to speak about speculation and my focus is totally on Aberdeen and the game against Motherwell.

"Rangers are a strong club and will always attract people but all I'm interested in is Aberdeen."

Ex-Gers boss Alex McLeish is the bookmakers' favourite to take over from Warburton, with Billy Davies and Frank De Boer also in the running.

Rangers chairman Dave King has already confirmed he is willing to consider appointing an interim manager if it allows him time to land his preferred candidate this summer.