Former Rangers midfielder Kevin Thomson has claimed on Twitter that Derek McInnes will be "well-backed" at Ibrox if the Aberdeen manager is eventually appointed as Pedro Caixinha's successor.
Sky Sports claims the Dons manager missed his side's training session on Wednesday, after the Pittodrie club had refused Rangers permission to speak to the 46-year-old - informing fans of their decision on the club's official website.
McInnes, a former Rangers player himself, has been one of the lead contenders for the Ibrox vacancy since Pedro Caixinha was sacked in October. Graeme Murty remains as caretaker manager and is set to take charge of his seventh match on Saturday.
Thomson, who played for Rangers for three years between 2007 and 2010 before moving south to join Middlesbrough, claimed that McInnes would be backed should he move to Glasgow with the January transfer window looming.
So mcinnis the new manager of @RangersFC thoughts????? Gers blew his Aberdeen team away in space of 4 days!! He the man for the job? Will be well backed like any manger for the teds. ⚽️— KevinThomsonAcademy (@KThomsonAcademy) December 6, 2017
Former Bristol City manager McInnes still has three years remaining on his contract at Aberdeen, which means Rangers will have to fork out a reported fee of £1million.
Interim boss Murty will continue to take charge of the side for the time being, as he focuses on preparing his Gers side to face Ross County on Saturday at Ibrox.
Murty has guided the Scottish giants into second place after two consecutive wins over Aberdeen, winning four of his six games in charge.