McInnes focused on Dons

29 November 2017 11:23:43 EST

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes insists speculation linking him with the vacant job at Rangers won't be an issue when the teams meet at Ibrox on Wednesday evening.

The 46-year-old has been a favourite for the Ibrox vacancy since Pedro Caixinha was sacked last month. Aberdeen travel to Glasgow before hosting Rangers on Sunday at Pittodrie.

Rangers will require a positive outcome from the double header in order to avoid falling further behind the Dandies in the Premiership standings.

Back-to-back losses against Hamilton Accies and then-bottom of the table Dundee mean the Gers are already six points adrift of Aberdeen and they've slipped below Hibs into fourth place.

Caretaker boss Graeme Murty has admitted the Govan club must address the managerial situation quickly but McInnes, a former Rangers midfielder, says his focus is on getting three points for Aberdeen.

"Three points is the main objective, regardless of the opponent," said McInnes.

"Both sets of players and certainly supporters will look at the fixture as one of the better fixtures and one that they'll relish and so they should - going and playing in front of 50,000 I think is great for any player to go and show what they're about.

"I've always wanted my team to be confident and carry themselves in the right way.

"Hopefully, we can just talk about the performance and talk about a winning performance."

Aberdeen, who won 2-1 in May when the teams last met at Ibrox are 11/4 to win, with Rangers 10/11 and the draw 13/5.

That success was Aberdeen's first away win against Rangers since 1991 and McInnes, whose team has won ten of their last 12 away league games, is keen to build on it.

"Last [season] was the first time in a long period where we managed to get a result [at Ibrox]," he added.

"Hopefully, we can use that to go there with added confidence on the back of a good performance [a 3-1 win against Kilmarnock] on Sunday."

Aberdeen are 12/1 to win the game 2-1.

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