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Monday 18 December 2017

Dons' boss hope

Adam Rooney (right)
Adam Rooney (right)

Aberdeen's Irish striker Adam Rooney insists that the Dons players are not being distracted by talk of manager Derek McInnes leaving the club to take over at Rangers.

The highly-rated McInnes is the favourite to get the job at Ibrox, and since he's been linked with the post, in the wake of Pedro Caixinha's sacking in October, Aberdeen have managed just one win in the last five SPL games, most recently last weekend's loss at home to Rangers, leading to claims that the debate about McInnes has harmed the team.

"I don't think it has affected the players," Dubliner Rooney says of the speculation.

"There has been speculation around the club, whether it was Jonny (Hayes) last season or Niall (McGinn), or the gaffer for the last two months or so. We don't pay much attention to it.

"The gaffer has done a brilliant job here, so I am sure all the lads want him to stay."

Aberdeen are joint second, with Rangers, in the SPL table but Rooney (29) is struggling to match his form of recent seasons, having scored just four goals in 15 SPL games this season, three of those coming in one game against St Johnstone.

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