Willie Miller wants Derek McInnes to be given permission to hold talks over Rangers return, talks continued on Wednesday

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 are looking to bring Derek McInnes back to Ibrox.

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.

Pundit Willie Miller has told BBC Sport that he thinks Aberdeen must let manager Derek McInnes speak to Rangers about taking the job at Ibrox.

The Gers sacked manager Pedro Caixinha back in October but remain in the hunt for a new manager having failed to bring in a replacement after more than a month of searching.

The favourite throughout the process has been Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes, and it seems that Rangers are now making their move for the Scot, even after caretaker boss Graeme Murty beat Aberdeen twice in their last two games.

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

Aberdeen rejected Rangers' request to speak to McInnes on Tuesday, and the Glasgow Evening Times report that McInnes spent Wednesday locked in talks with Dons chairman Stewart Milne as he seemingly attempts to force a move.

Rangers are hoping to get a deal done quickly, which would present McInnes with the chance to return to Ibrox, having featured for the Gers as a midfielder during his playing days.

After almost five strong years as Aberdeen manager, McInnes looks set to leave Pittodrie, and pundit Willie Miller has told BBC Sport that he believes Aberdeen should allow their boss to speak to Rangers.

Aberdeen hero Miller believes that the Dons can't have an unhappy manager in charge, but thinks McInnes may need to be convinced about the finances at Ibrox in terms of funding to chase down Old Firm rivals Celtic.

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

Miller added that the emotional attachment to Rangers makes this a different situation to when McInnes snubbed Sunderland over the summer, but if Rangers can answer questions about their finances, Miller believes McInnes may well be on his way to Glasgow.

“If there is a willingness from Derek to speak to them, it is difficult for the chairman to stand in his way, in my opinion,” said Miller. “The last thing you want is an unhappy manager at the club. For me, it is all about Derek and what he wants to do. If he wants to speak, then I think he should be allowed to talk to Rangers. We all know Rangers have had major issues and there are big financial questions to be answered at Ibrox. Derek would have to be convinced going forward that they have the funds to support what plans he would have to try to attempt to challenge Celtic, which is a huge task.”

“If all the answers are right, then there is a good chance of him going. But if not, he has a nice, stable situation at Aberdeen. He knows the fans love him, he knows the directors hold him in high regard as well, and that should be in the back of his mind. Obviously there is an emotional attachment there, as an ex-Rangers player, which makes it different to Sunderland, where he was allowed to go and speak to them and make up his own mind whether it was the right move or not,” he added.

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