Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne has demanded that Rangers apologise to Derek McInnes ‘for having a go’ at the Dons manager after he rejected a move to Ibrox.
Weeks of speculation – fuelled by incessant commentary by ex-Rangers players and pundits – culminated in Rangers finally making an official approach to speak to McInnes about the vacant role at Ibrox. Aberdeen rejected the approach and that was followed two days later with McInnes pledging his immediate future to the Dons.
His rejection promptly a less than happy statement from Rangers which read more like a spoiled brat not getting his way.
It claimed that they would ‘endorse’ McInnes staying with the Dons ‘because moving to a massive club like Rangers is a big step with concomitant risk’ and they would only appoint someone ‘in whom we have full confidence and who feels he is ready for the job’.
But rather than moving on, Milne has hit out at Rangers over that statement and claimed that McInnes deserves an apology from the Ibrox side.
Milne said: “I was very disappointed on a number of fronts. It was very easy to read into it that they were having a go at Derek which I felt they had no right to do.
“I think instead of trying to focus on Derek their focus should have been on trying to reassure everyone associated with Rangers football club ‘we have missed out on this opportunity, we are disappointed that Derek has made the decision that he has but we have got to accept and respect that decision’.
“Then they should be providing some reassurance to their own people, the staff at Ibrox, their players and fans that they have a clear plan on how to move forward from here.
“I think it was very disappointing that a statement of that importance at that point of time came out without anybody taking ownership of it.
“I think as far as our club is concerned we can deal with that but I think they do owe Derek an apology.
“I think whether it was intended or not, the words they used were having a go at Derek which I think is totally out of line.”
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