Aberdeen want compensation from Rangers before Derek McInnes talks

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

McInnes has been the bookmakers' favourite to take over at Rangers since Caixinha's departure but Aberdeen denied them permission to speak to the 46-year-old on Tuesday.

Sources close to Rangers have insisted that they have the cash to pay the compensation fee for both Derek McInnes and Tony Docherty, which would rise to more than £1 million if McInnes joined Rangers and took his No 2 with him.

The Aberdeen manager has been linked with taking over at Ibrox ever since Pedro Caixinha was sacked in October.

McInnes last month distanced himself from the move, backing chairman Stewart Milne's comments that the boss had said he had "no intention of going anywhere".

What is clear is that Milne is determined not to lose his boss to his club's main rivals for second place.

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Compensation would have to be agreed between the sides if McInnes was to return to the club he served as a player between 1995 and 2000.

But it's not just McInnes' future that could rest on the next few days.

'I thought it would have died when McInnes made the statement recently to quash the rumours about Rangers, but it is back with a vengeance.

'It has not allowed the managers and players to get on with the job in hand without having this cloud of speculation and having to face the same questions over and over again, ' he added. Should those negotiations break down, Aberdeen would then refund the payment.

Former Rangers skipper Barry Ferguson is reportedly in the frame to be McInnes' first-team coach if the deal goes through.

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