Fuming Premiership manager slams Rangers transfer claims in defiant on-air rant
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Premiership boss slams Rangers transfer claims in defiant on-air rant

The boss of Scottish Premiership rivals Aberdeen has angrily refuted claims from ex-Hibs manager John Collins that the Dons outbid the Hibees for Rangers star Ross McCrorie.

Pittodrie manager Derek McInnes was also upset at the suggestion that Aberdeen offered the player more money, suggesting McCrorie chose Aberdeen for footballing reasons.

Ross McCrorie has impressed in the red of Aberdeen so far. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

McCrorie moved to Aberdeen from Rangers last month in a move which was met with a mixed response by fans and Derek McInnes has since lauded his impact.

The ex-Ibrox midfielder even went as far to say he was beginning to “love” the player and claimed that he was a “dream” to work with on and off the park.

Speaking to BBC Sportsound about the transfer – which will see McCrorie move to Aberdeen permanently at the end of the season after an initial loan – McInnes let rip at Collins.

“Just on McCrorie, I think it was John Collins maybe who indicated or alluded to the fact that Aberdeen had outdone Hibs on the money – which is an absolute nonsense,” said McInnes.

“We met a figure that Rangers had agreed with Hibs and in no point at speaking with Ross or his agent was money even mentioned.

“He was actually prepared to come for a lot less to get himself going.

“Speaking of hungry boys, that’s what you want to work with. The job is hard enough without having to motivate boys and get them to run around and try to fulfil their potential.

“With McCrorie it was not even mentioned, the fact about money.

“And I know that we didn’t offer a penny more than what was already on offer to him.

“So, it is wrong, and I think it needs to be said that it is wrong that we done Hibs on money or whatever because as soon as somebody says that people believe it to be true. And it is not true.

“Two very good clubs that were offering him the same chance.

“I’ve been there myself when you think you’ve got a player and how keen they are, and they go elsewhere. It is tough but I have been where Hibs were on that one.

“It was down to the boy’s decision. I was just delighted that we were in the fight.”

Scottish Premiership boss McInnes took aim at John Collins. (Photo by Scott Baxter/Getty Images)

Rangers reportedly sold McCrorie to Aberdeen for a reported fee of £350k which will see the midfielder join the Dons at the end of the season.

Being on loan from Rangers means McCrorie will be unable to play against the Gers this season.

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