McInnes opts for Aberdeen stay

08 December 2017 02:39:58 EST

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has decided to remain at Pittodrie after considering an approach to take charge of Rangers.

The former Gers midfielder, who was also the subject of interest from Sunderland in the summer, has a contract with the Dons running until 2020 and has opted to stay put for the foreseeable future.

He appreciates all that he has at this club and feels he wants to keep driving the club forward.

Stewart Milne

McInnes has been in charge at Pittodrie since March 2013, guiding the club to Scottish League Cup success the following year and three successive second-placed finishes in the Scottish Premiership.

A relieved Dons chairman Stewart Milne told the club's official website: "As everyone is aware, Rangers made an approach on Tuesday evening and they were refused permission to speak with Derek.

"I spoke with Derek, who felt it was a major thing to be considered for the managerial position at a club such as Rangers and we agreed he could have some time to think about the approach and talk it through with his family.

"Having weighed up the opportunity, he has taken the decision to remain as Aberdeen manager.

"He appreciates all that he has at this club and feels he wants to keep driving the club forward. This is where he wants to be and he feels he very much has unfinished business with us."

Aberdeen are in league action on Friday evening when they head to Dens Park to take on Dundee, with the Dons looking to get back to winning ways after two consecutive defeats.

The Dons are 1/1 to take all three points on Friday and are 8/1 to win the game 2-0, with Adam Rooney priced at 6/4 to score at any time.

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