The latest comments of Derek McInnes will have done nothing to enthuse Aberdeen fans or their role in a title run in.

But at the same time as they groan, there’s a simultaneous sigh of relief emanating out of Govan. His latest musings on the Scottish Premiership title race prove that the Ibrox club dodged a bullet by not securing his signature.

So what did he say? Well, and excuse us if you can hear the gritted teeth here.

Derek McInnes rejected the advances of Rangers in December 2017 – a decision which will please Rangers fans retrospectively. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“I don’t think there is a title race,” muses Derek McInnes.” I’m not sure anyone can say that, even if we would all want that. After 21 games it shows there is a real credibility at the moment, but it falls short of a real title race.

“I think Celtic are the most likely to stretch away, but every team is finding it difficult to get away and get those winning runs going.”

No bother Derek.

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Rangers will make a fist of title fight

Rangers and Celtic are level at the top, with Celtic scoring more and having a game in hand. Whilst they have the advantage, the title talk isn’t just about Rangers improvement in the first half of the season.

It’s the real threat of the blue side of Glasgow improving in the second half which has caught the country’s attention. Davis and Defoe are in. There’s talk of more to come. Rangers have caught a much-needed break.

And we played Celtic off the park in December.

All this said, Gerrard is yet to best McInnes in three attempts. If Rangers are to win the league, that has to change. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

And if he doesn’t think Aberdeen can compete for the title, whilst three points off the top, then good luck to him. Rangers moved for McInnes prior to signing Gerrard, thinking he could stop Celtic’s seemingly inevitible march to 10, 11, 12, and so on.

But if this is his attitude, we can sleep easy knowing it’s Steven Gerrard, and not Derek McInnes, whose in charge at Ibrox.

And so can the Board.

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