PICTURES: McInnes set for showdown talks with Aberdeen chairman Milne – as team trains without him

The Dons squad training without Derek McInnes or assistant Tony Docherty.

Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes is set for showdown talks with Dons chairman Stewart Milne today after Milne refused Rangers permission to talk to his boss about the vacant managerial position at Ibrox.

Despite being due to take training this morning at Balgownie Barracks ahead of Friday’s Premiership encounter with Dundee, the 46-year-old didn’t set off from Pittodrie with the first team. Barry Robson, Paul Sheerin and Gordon Marshall led the session.

Dons training at Balgownie Barracks.

There has been no fresh approach from Rangers after Milne rejected their initial attempt at around 6pm last night.

Afterwards, Milne contacted McInnes to inform him of his decision and it is unclear whether the ex-Rangers player is interested in moving to Ibrox.

Although McInnes is contracted until 2020 and around £1 million compensation would be required to secure him and his assistant Tony Docherty, legend Willie Miller claimed the situation is outwith Aberdeen’s hands.

The Dons players leave for training.

It is understood Rangers will come in with a second offer to test Aberdeen’s resolve.

Miller warned if McInnes wants to talk to Rangers and the Dons play hard-ball by continuing to refuse permission, McInnes could rip up his contract.