Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes claims he isn’t “surprised” over the Dons fan backlash to Rangers signing 23-year-old Pittodrie forward Scott Wright.
The Gers have announced a pre-contract deal with Wright which will see him join the ranks at Ibrox come the end of the season with some reports suggesting a deal could be done this January.
📝 #RangersFC are today delighted to announce the signing of Scott Wright on a pre-contract agreement from Aberdeen.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) January 25, 2021
Dons fans have since melted down regarding the move with many of the Pittodrie club’s supporters considering Rangers their fiercest rivals.
The worst example of which was a poorly scrawled banner with offensive terms hung out by an angry Aberdeen faithful who’ve lost one of their best talents to the Gers.
It certainly doesn’t help that Scott Wright came through the youth ranks at Aberdeen and is a boyhood Dons fan or that Rangers have also pinched Ryan Jack in the past.
McInnes claims he isn’t surprised that the Aberdeen fans have reacted poorly to the move online even he insists the club will still play the player.
“I can’t be surprised by that,” said McInnes [Four Four Two].
“I’m pretty sure Scott would have anticipated that as well.
“That’s something he has to deal with. I’m not surprised that a section of the supporters have voiced their feelings towards that as it is a tough one to take.
“I think it’s a tough one regardless of where Scott goes as we’ve brought him up through the academy. He’s made his decision and it’s Scott’s decision to make.
“But I can only judge what I see. I don’t see any downturn in Scott’s commitment or performances since he came back into the team.
“It’s up to me to decide if players are focused or not, no matter if they have got six months left or are committed to us long term.
“It’s fair to say I thought he was very good at the weekend along with the rest of his team-mates against Motherwell.
“It was a fully-committed performance and while he’s our player, why should we weaken our team?
“He’s a key player so why should we weaken our team unless we receive an offer that suits the club?”
Whilst Aberdeen fans might melt down over the move, all it does is make the signing of Wright all the sweeter for Rangers fans.
Here’s some of the best Dons fan meltdowns as they fume over Rangers pinching one of their biggest assets on a pre-contract.