Neale Cooper: 'Excellent' Derek McInnes should snub return to Ibrox this summer

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has been urged to stay at Pittodrie by ex-Rangers player Neale Cooper.

Former Rangers midfielder Neale Cooper has told the Aberdeen Evening Express that Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes would be foolish to move to Rangers.

Rangers could look to replace manager Stuart McCall this summer after he saw his side lose 6-1 on aggregate to Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership play-off final, meaning Rangers must now spend at least one more season in the second tier of Scottish football.

A number of names have already been linked with taking the reins at Ibrox, including former Rangers midfielder McInnes, who enjoyed a superb season in charge of Aberdeen.

The 43-year-old, who struggled in English football with Bristol City, has rebuilt his reputation by taking Aberdeen to second place this season, pushing Celtic all the way in the title race.

Those exploits haven't gone unnoticed though, with the Daily Mail reporting this week that McInnes was being 'strongly discussed' by the Rangers board as a possible successor to McCall.

However, ex-Rangers midfielder Cooper - who also spent time with Aberdeen as a player - says that the off-field uncertainty surrounding Rangers makes them an unappealing proposition, and he should stay at Pittodrie rather than drop a division to take over at Ibrox.

"It does not surprise me Derek has been linked with Rangers as he is an excellent manager who has had two great seasons at Aberdeen," said Cooper. "But why would anyone leave Aberdeen for Rangers, although they are still a big club, they have so many problems and are in a bad place at the moment."

"Derek is building something special with Aberdeen and the future is looking great for him at the club. Aberdeen are debt-free while Rangers have a lot of problems with that side. Aberdeen are stable, well organised and in a fantastic place behind the scenes with absolutely no issues to deal with," he added.

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