ABERDEEN manager Derek McInnes this afternoon hit back at controversial Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha’s bizarre comments in the press today about Aberdeen’s imminent fall from grace, while openly discussing signing the Dons players he would like sign.
“Ryan Jack is one player that because of his age, because of his quality and because of what he has done in the last two seasons, is a player that I like,” said Caixinha.
“There are maybe six or seven more like Jack that we assessed.
“He is a good player. Young and Scottish.
“I like his consistency, although he has missed a few games recently. I like his leadership as captain at a young age.
“I like the way he sees the game, more or less, and gives the out ball in the build-up. He gives a balance to the deal when it’s attacking,” Caixinha stated.
Derek McInnes wasn’t standing or any of that.
“I firmly believe we’re good enough to win the game. Whatever players we lose in the summer will be replaced with good players,” he said referring to the Portuguese’s comments.
One Aberdeen Supporter like what he was hearing, adding:
“Shouldn’t be in question. We have better players and a team ethos they don’t have. Question is with the mentality of the players.”
McInnes isn’t the first manager to have a run-in with the new Rangers boss who arrived claiming his was the best squad in the country and that his side would beat Aberdeen home and away. Well he was right about the game at Pittodrie, where rangers won 3-0 but McInnes is expecting a different outcome tomorrow.
He wanted to have his say regarding Caixinha though.
“I find it strange that the Rangers manager feels the need to talk about other clubs so much,” he observed
And some Dons supporter clearly agreed one saying:
“There’s not much to discuss about his own team, that’s why.”
While another supporter reckoned he knows what the Rangers boss is top to.
“It is to do with deflection tactics. If Caixinha talks about Aberdeen and not his own club, it is like the politicians.”
And McInnes told Caixinha to concentrate on his own problems at Ibrox.
“His job as Rangers manager is to finish above Celtic,McInnes said. “He shouldn’t be talking about our players but each to their own.”
An Aberdeen fan made this point:
“As a manager of a club only 5 years old they think a lot of themselves. They should be happy just being in the top league.”
While another Dons supporter was pleased at the McInnes fightback.
“Gaun yersel Derek “Mr Aberdeen” McInnes,” he said.
“There’s been a stability over the last four seasons but I’m confident we will bring good players to replace those who move on,” McInnes continued. While Niall McGinn is heading down to the English Championship after the Scottish Cup Final – McInnes won his semi-final while Caixinha out his – McInnes has been linked with Shaun Maloney from Hull and Celtic’s out of contract midfielder Kris Commons as replacements.
McInnes is a big fan of both of these creative players.
The Aberdeen boss confirmed that he will be without Jack and Paulette due to injuries while Jonny Hayes is suspended
Aberdeen’s Young Player of the Year Ryan Christie is available again after being unable to play against his parent club Celtic on Friday.
“We can’t really afford to make too many changes,” McInnes said.
Aberdeen visit Ibrox tomorrow evening in what should be a fiery occasion.