I’ve had a lot to consider... Rangers target Derek McInnes snubs Ibrox return, releases 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.

Derek McInnes won't be heading back to Ibrox as Rangers manager.

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.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has tonight confirmed to the club's official website that he will be staying at Pittodrie despite interest from Rangers.

McInnes, 46, took the Aberdeen job back in April 2013, and has impressed in the job having won almost 58% of his games in charge of the Dons.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes celebrates during the UEFA Europa league second qualifying round, first leg match between Aberdeen and Ventspils at Pittodrie Stadium on July 14, 2016 in...

With three consecutive second-placed finishes behind Celtic, McInnes has done a superb job with Aberdeen – and his exploits at Pittodrie have attracted interest.

Rangers sacked manager Pedro Caixinha in October after a miserable seven-month spell at Ibrox, and the favourite throughout their search, which has taken well over a month, has been McInnes.

A former Rangers midfielder, McInnes had been lined up for a return to Ibrox, with Aberdeen rejecting one approach for their manager on Tuesday before McInnes held talks with chairman Stewart Milne on Wednesday.

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

Today, Rangers had hoped to have a deal agreed for McInnes, but they have been left stunned after Aberdeen confirmed that McInnes will be staying at Pittodrie, snubbing a return to Ibrox.

Aberdeen and McInnes have released a statement on the club's official website, with the Scot admitting that he has considered a lot of things this week, but he is pleased to have made his decision, which is to stay with Aberdeen.

“I’ve had a lot to consider over the last couple of days and I appreciate it’s been a testing time for everyone, including my family, and I’m pleased to be now totally focusing on purely on on-the-field matters.” said McInnes.

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