Gary Mackay-Steven comments on Derek McInnes to Rangers speculation

A general view during the Scottish Communities League Cup First Round Match between Glasgow Rangers and East Fife at Ibrox Stadium on August 7, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ibrox club Glasgow Rangers reportedly want to bring Derek McInnes from Aberdeen to the Gers as a replacement for the departed Pedro Caixinha.

Celtic's Gary Mackay-Steven attends a training session ahead of their Champions League match against Barcelona in Glasgow on November 22, 2016.

Former Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven has suggested to The Scottish Sun that the Aberdeen players have not been affected by speculation linking Derek McInnes with a move to Rangers.

Rangers are on the lookout for a new permanent manager following the departure of Pedro Caixinha due to a run of disappointing results in the Scottish Premiership.

According to The Sunday Post, Rangers are set to announce McInnes as their new manager this week.

It has been reported that the Gers have the finance to meet the £800,000 compensation payment to secure the services of McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty.

Derek McInnes Manager of Aberdeen during the Brechin City v Aberdeen - Pre Season Friendly, at Glebe Park on July 23, 2017 in Brechin, Scotland.

Mackay-Steven joined Aberdeen from Celtic in the summer transfer window and has been playing well so far this season.

The 27-year-old Scotland international winger has suggested that he and his teammates are not taking much notice of speculation linking McInnes with a move to Rangers.

The former Airdrie United and Dundee United star has also stated that he and his Aberdeen teammates want the ex-Rangers midfielder to remain at the Pittodrie Stadium.

Derek McInnes Manager of Aberdeen during the Brechin City v Aberdeen - Pre Season Friendly, at Glebe Park on July 23, 2017 in Brechin, Scotland.

“I don’t think the talk has had an impact at all,” Mackay-Steven told The Scottish Sun. “As far as the dressing room is concerned, it’s all speculation.

“I don’t think it’s affected us one bit. Until someone tells us otherwise, we’ll go about our business as usual.

“We want the manager to stay at Pittodrie, definitely. I think I speak for all the boys when I say we want him to stay.

“You look at what he’s done for Aberdeen. He is a great manager. It’s just speculation, so we’ll keep doing what we do.”

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