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McInnes sees his future still at Pittodrie

Derek McInnes

Derek McInnes has ruled out a move to Rangers (pic SNS Group)

The chances of former Rangers manager Alex McLeish returning to the Ibrox hot seat have increased after Derek McInnes ruled himself out of the running.

The Aberdeen boss had been widely reported to be top of the Rangers board’s list of targets to succeed Pedro Caixinha but the 46-year-old has committed his future to the Dons.

Pittodrie chairman Stewart Milne had said his manager had given him assurances he would be staying in the Granite City and the 46-year-old confirmed his position, saying: “I had a good chat with the chairman and I reiterate what he said, this is purely driven by elements of the media.

“I see my future here.”

McInnes took over at Aberdeen in 2013 after spells in charge of Bristol City and St Johnstone. He won the League Cup in 2014 and last season Aberdeen finished runner-up to Celtic in all three domestic competitions.

Rangers have been criticised for taking so long to appoint a successor to Caixinha, the Portuguese having been sacked a month ago.

Bringing McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty to Ibrox would have cost Rangers in the region of £800,000 compensation, a figure which may have have contributed to their reluctance in making a move for the pair.

McLeish, 58, managed Rangers for five years from 2001 to 2006, during which time he won two league titles and two Scottish Cup victories, including a treble in the 02/03 season, also landing the Scottish League Cup.

He went on to manage Birmingham City and Aston Villa and most recently was in charge of Egyptian Premier League club Zamalek last year but left the role after 65 days.

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