Derek McInnes

McInnes congratulates Killie on winning European race

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes admits he is proud of his players’ efforts despite missing out on an automatic Europa League place. After watching the Dons come from behind to beat Hibernian in Sunday’s final Premiership match of the season, McInnes congratulated Kilmarnock on finishing third on goal difference ahead of his team. And he concedes he will now be hoping for a Celtic victory over Hearts in next weekend’s Scottish Cup final so that his side can earn the final European spot. McInnes said: “We’ve beaten a good team, picked up three points and done what we wanted to do but ultimately it’s not been enough. “I thought nine (post-split) points might have been enough potentially, 10 certainly. “Kilmarnock have managed to beat Rangers and ...

Derek McInnes calls for winning Graeme Shinnie sendoff

The defender will join Derby in the summer. Derek McInnes has urged Aberdeen to hand departing skipper Graeme Shinnie the perfect farewell present with victory at Easter Road. Shinnie will join Premier League hopefuls Derby this summer after agreeing a three-year deal with Rams boss Frank Lampard. The Pittodrie faithful feared they had seen the last of their talismanic captain when he suffered an ankle injury against Kilmarnock last month but he battled back to fitness to play a part in last Friday’s win over Hearts. That win has kept McInnes’ side in the hunt for a third place and a Europa League slot. They now need to beat Hibernian in Leith and hope Rangers can trip up Kilmarnock at Rugby Park as the curtain comes down on the Ladbrokes Premiership campaign. But at the very l...

McInnes prefers Aberdeen stay over Scotland job

Derek McInnes has cleared the path for Steve Clarke to land the Scotland job after insisting he is only focused on rebuilding his Aberdeen squad. The Dons boss and his Kilmarnock rival Clarke are understood to be the Scottish Football Association’s top two choices to replace Alex McLeish as national team manager, with Scotland Under-21 coach Scot Gemmill also a contender. But McInnes has backed Pittodrie chairman Stewart Milne’s claim that his focus, for now, remains on the cut and thrust of club management. The 47-year-old said: “What I’ve said to the chairman is that I see myself as a club manager for this moment in time, that has not changed. “I think when you get asked about these things publicly it can come across a bit arrogant. I’ve not been asked...

SFA to name new Scotland manager on Monday

Hampden chiefs will wait no longer than Monday to identify Alex McLeish’s replacement. The Scottish Football Association will step up their hunt for the next Scotland boss over the weekend and could yet turn to Derek McInnes. Hampden chiefs have decided they cannot afford to wait any longer than Monday to identify the man they want to be Alex McLeish’s replacement. The squad for next month’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers with Cyprus and Belgium is due to be announced on Tuesday, May 28, and the SFA wants to give the new man in charge at least a week to draw up his first selection. It appeared Kilmarnock’s Steve Clarke had moved into pole position to land the role after Aberdeen vice-chairman Dave Cormack claimed Reds manager McInnes had told his current employers he ...

Derek McInnes rules out possibility of Scotland job

The SFA is looking to appoint a successor to Alex McLeish early next week. The Scottish Football Association has set a Monday deadline to appoint the new Scotland manager – but the job will not be going to Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes. Press Association Sport understands Hampden chiefs have decided they cannot afford to wait any longer than early next week to decide on Alex McLeish’s replacement. The squad for next month’s crucial Euro 2020 qualifiers with Cyprus and Belgium is due to be announced on Tuesday, May 28, and the SFA wants to give the new man in charge at least a week to draw up his first selection. However, McInnes will not be moving into the national team hot seat after Aberdeen vice-chairman Dave Cormack announced the Reds boss had dropped out of the race. The Don...

McInnes: ‘Shinnie an example to others’

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was full of praise for Graeme Shinnie after the departing captain put himself forward for selection against Hearts despite not being fully fit. The 27-year-old midfielder, who will join Derby this summer, has been suffering from an ankle injury but told McInnes he was ready to play and lasted the full 90 minutes as Aberdeen beat Hearts 2-1 on Friday night. McInnes hailed Shinnie as an example to other players and  said he deserved to have a winning Pittodrie farewell. The Dons manager said: “He came and chapped my door and said he wanted to play and was ready to play. He did a bit of work in training and there was no reaction. “His ankle’s heavily strapped and he took painkillers. The physios had their doubts and concerns about it, but when you...

Derek McInnes: ‘Aberdeen will focus on ourselves’

The visitors can clinch the Ladbrokes Premiership title on Saturday. Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is far more concerned with boosting his side’s European targets than worrying about a potential title party at Pittodrie. Celtic only need a point from their trip to the Granite City on Saturday to wrap up their eighth consecutive Ladbrokes Premiership crown. Aberdeen are also looking to continue an impressive sequence as they bid for a sixth successive season in Europe and need to hold off the challenge of Kilmarnock to guarantee that before the William Hill Scottish Cup final. McInnes, whose side have a three-point lead over Kilmarnock, said: “It’s a game for our own purpose. It is very important for us. “We’ve only got three games left and we’ve clearly...

Celtic and Rangers fined by SFA following Old Firm confrontation

Players, staff and stewards all tussled after Celtic beat Rangers 2-1 at Parkhead at the end of March. Celtic and Rangers have both been fined £7,500 over the on-field confrontation which followed their latest meeting. The clubs received the same punishment at a Scottish Football Association disciplinary hearing after being accused of breaching rule 204 – where three or more players and/or members of team staff are involved in a confrontation with the opposition. Players and staff from both sides, as well as stewards, were involved in pushing and jostling after Rangers left-back Andy Halliday confronted Celtic skipper Scott Brown over his celebrations immediately after the final whistle sounded on a 2-1 win for the Ladbrokes Premiership champions at Parkhead on March 31. Wes Foderingham gr...

Lewis Ferguson apologises for Rangers dismissal

Aberdeen ace Lewis Ferguson has thanked boss Derek McInnes and his dad Derek for the soothing words which helped him recover from his Hampden red card. The Dons midfielder has capped an impressive first year at Pittodrie by being nominated for the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award. The 19-year-old made his move north from Hamilton last summer and quickly proved himself a key man in McInnes’ team with his mature displays in the heart of the action. Ferguson pointed to his goal against English side Burnley in the Europa League and his winning header in the Dons’ Betfred Cup semi-final win over Rangers as his personal highlights of his first season in the Granite City. But the National Stadium was also the scene of his lowest point in an Aberdeen shirt after he was sent ...

James Tavernier pays tribute to “terrific servant” Lee Wallace

Rangers skipper James Tavernier believes former captain Lee Wallace deserves to be remembered amongst the club’s greatest leaders. Left-back Wallace is set to leave Ibrox this summer after eight years in Glasgow. While a raft of stars jumped ship as Gers sank amid their 2012 financial implosion, the 31-year-old stayed to help lead the club back to the top flight. But his relationship with the Light Blues’ hierarchy turned sour on the back of an angry dressing-room bust-up in the wake of a 4-0 Old Firm defeat by Celtic at Hampden 12 months ago. Since then, the defender has featured just twice for Steven Gerrard’s team but the new boss gave the Ibrox faithful the chance to say their goodbyes when he introduced Wallace as a late substitute in Sunday’s Ladbrokes Premier...

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard vows to compete for trophies next season

Steven Gerrard admits he is not satisfied with second best as he strives to make Rangers real challengers next season. The Light Blues have guaranteed the Ladbrokes Premiership runners-up slot after beating Aberdeen with two James Tavernier penalties. Their 2-0 Ibrox win – Gers’ first against the Dons in Glasgow this season – also further delayed Celtic’s wait for the title as they closed the gap on the champions-elect to nine points with nine still available. But Gerrard admits he will not be happy until his side are putting up a proper fight for the league crown. “Second place is not enough,” said the former Champions League winner after seeing his side end Aberdeen’s four-year run as the ‘best of the rest’. “It is progress and I know the c...

Result: James Tavernier at the double for Rangers

A James Tavernier penalty double helped Rangers finally get the better of Aberdeen in Glasgow as they recorded a 2-0 victory at Ibrox. The Dons had dumped Steven Gerrard’s team out of both cup competitions in the city, while also hushing the Gers faithful on their last Ladbrokes Premiership trip south. But Tavernier ensured their was no clean sweep for Derek McInnes’ men as he swept home twice from the spot. Captain ➕ Penalty King pic.twitter.com/Gso0a7CbnV — Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 28, 2019 Defeat means Aberdeen – who finished the game with 10 men men after Andrew Considine was shown a second yellow card in conceding the second penalty – can no longer catch Gerrard’s team for second place. And the Light Blues also avoided handing Celtic the title on the plate, with the ch...

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