Rangers to pay around £1 million to land Derek McInnes and assistant

McInnes is hot property after establishing Aberdeen as the second best team in Scotland

The Daily Record add that Milne rebuffed Rangers' official approach to speak to the 46-year-old manager - even though the Glasgow giants were willing to pay £1 million just to enter negotiations.

McInnes is under contract until 2020 after signing a new deal along with No2 Tony Docherty in the summer as they rejected a move to Sunderland.

Afterwards, Milne contacted McInnes to inform him of his decision and it is unclear whether the ex-Rangers player is interested in moving to Ibrox.

While it seems likely that Rangers will be granted permission to speak with McInnes in the coming days, issues over staffing structures, proposed budgets and expectations mean his appointment is by no means cut and dried.

Five months on, Rangers will have to guarantee him adequate time and resources to challenge Celtic if he's to agree to draw a line under his four-year tenure in the North East.

Ferguson, 39, played alongside McInnes at Ibrox between 1995 and 2000, captaining the Light Blues to 5 Scottish Premier League, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup apiece, including a treble in 2002-03. It hasn't been as straightforward as it should have been over the last few weeks'.

The Dons players leave for training.

But if McInnes does not get his chance at Rangers, will McLean go elsewhere?

It remains to be seen whether Rangers will back off having had permission to speak to McInnes refused, but the Aberdeen boss appears to be the Ibrox club's preferred candidate for their manager's post.

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