Wednesday night’s Scottish Premiership clash at Ibrox is set to be a rather odd affair. Rangers might have hoped that Derek McInnes was about to go head-to-head with his former employers in the midweek fixture.
But instead McInnes will be standing in the away side’s dugout with the 46-year-old, who was understood to be Rangers’ first choice to replace the sacked Pedro Caixinha, committing his future to Aberdeen, per the Daily Record.
McInnes, however, is not the only Dons man Rangers were hoping to lure to Ibrox. The Scottish Sun claimed in January that Rangers wanted to bring Stevie May back to Scotland and end his disastrous spell at Preston North End.
A few months later, however, the 25-year-old put pen to paper at league rivals Aberdeen instead. And with May back on the goal trail after netting for the first time since September in Sunday’s 3-1 win away at Kilmarnock, the Scot has his sights set on deepening Rangers’ woes.
“We will go there looking for to take the three points. The gaffer will want us to impose ourselves on the game, so we will all be raring to go come Wednesday night,” May, once a prolific goalscorer at St Johnstone, told the Scottish Sun.
“I’m sure we will look at Rangers prior to the game and identify areas where we can punish them and get into them.”
Aberdeen beat Rangers at Ibrox for the first time in 26 years last season and, with Graeme Murty’s side suffering successive defeats against Hamilton and Dundee, the visitors look well placed to repeat the trick.
But if Rangers fans are unhappy already, imagine the mood at Ibrox if January target May snatches the winner for McInnes’ Dons.