Derek McInnes: Rangers should be "embarrassed" to finish behind Aberdeen

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha

The rhetoric has stoked up the tensions ahead of tonight's league clash at Pittodrie.

He said: "I think it is odd that he feels the need to talk about Aberdeen so much". They are a very strong team on long balls, a very strong team in second balls, one team waiting for some sort of mistakes to get quick transitions and quick counter attacks.

The new Rangers manager hit out at the Dons, suggesting they were on the wane while his side were on the up, prior to the 2-1 defeat that confirmed Rangers will finish third in the SPL this season. But the Rangers fans can't be kidded because they have been over that course before.

Having revealed that he was surprised to hear the Rangers manager talk about Aberdeen so much, he claimed that the club should be embarrassed to have failed to finish in the top two.

Jack is out of contract at the end of the season and is a player Caixinha spoke about scouting, although the midfielder's first choice would be to try his luck in England or the MLS in America.

"Both may travel but both may not, we will just see how they react", McInnes said.

"I'm delighted we have managed to tick that box". 'There has been one or two things said I have been disappointed with. What he has told me over the last couple of days is that it is his intention to move on.

McInnes says the midfielder could face Celtic at Hampden in next week's Scottish Cup final but refused to discuss whether he would retain the captain's armband should he be fit enough to feature. "You have to bring in characters who can deal with that pressure and that's what Pedro would have seen after the assessment of his players". Let us know below... "I am used to building squads, I have experience of doing that over the last ten years".

Aberdeen are lining up Shaun Maloney from Hull City as his replacement.

FORMER Aberdeen striker Steve Cowan insists Ryan Jack's summer departure will be no loss to his old club - because he can be replaced with someone better.

"I have reiterated that to the players and will say it again to the supporters - we are confident of getting good players in who will keep us competitive and maintain the standards", he said. 'Everybody else seems to know a bit more than I do at the minute.

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