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Breaking: Huge development in Rangers' McInnes pursuit as Aberdeen release statement

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is seen during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers' search for a manager continues.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is seen during the William Hill Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on May 27, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers' hopes of appointing former player Derek McInnes to Ibrox appear to have been dealt a major blow.

Aberdeen have released a statement confirming Rangers have finally made an official approach for McInnes - and that it has been rejected.

The statement on the club official website reads: "Aberdeen Football Club has announced this evening that Rangers have contacted the Club asking for permission to speak to Derek McInnes and that permission has been refused."

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

It is unclear whether Aberdeen's refusal to allow McInnes to talk with Rangers is a non-negotiable 'no', or if an improved compensation package from the Gers could tempt them to reconsider.

Rangers fired Pedro Caixinha in October and are yet to appoint a replacement.

McInnes was the early favourite and has remained so, but there had been no action on this until this evening.

Rangers have won their last two matches against Aberdeen to climb above the Dons on goal difference, winning 3-0 and 2-1 this past week under caretaker Graeme Murty.

 

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