Icelandic cap Kari Arnason has jetted to the Persian Gulf on international duty for 10 days and hopes boss Derek McInnes is still at Pittodrie when he returns.
Centre-back Arnason is in Qatar for friendlies against the Czech Republic tomorrow and the hosts next Tuesday.
While he is 4,700 miles away in 33 degree heat, the Dons are likely to face a fight to retain boss Derek McInnes with the 46-year-old favourite to take over the Ibrox hotseat.
There has yet to be any contact from the Ibrox club and summer signing Arnason hopes it stays that way.
However, if an approach is made, the defender accepts his team-mates are as helpless as he is on the other side of the world to affect the situation.
Arnason said: “The manager has been brilliant for Aberdeen and working under him is an absolute privilege.
“We all want him to stay but we just have to get on with it, and not to think about the gaffer’s decisions.
“At the end of the day it is his choice and we can’t comment on that.
“However, all the stuff about the manager, it is all just speculation.
“He is here and we just keep doing the same things.”
McInnes has been touted as the number one target for Rangers since Pedro Caixinha was axed almost two weeks ago. It began before the 2-1 win over Ross County and continued during the build-up to the weekend’s 2-2 draw at Hamilton.
Arnason insisted the speculation did not affect Dons and played no part in the dropped points at Accies.
He said: “We all want the manager to stay but it doesn’t influence our football.
“There is always speculation around people, that is football. You just have to get on with it and keep going.”
Arnason was today training with the World Cup-bound Icelandic team in Qatar.
He played a pivotal role in the successful qualification for Russia 2018 by topping their qualification group. Iceland, population 334,252 are the smallest ever nation to reach the World Cup.
Arnason said: “For me it is always good to get away for a little while. It is 10 days in another set-up and a chance to get a little bit of a breather.
“It was a bit hectic with the qualifiers, so it will be good to have some friendlies.
“It will be nice to get a bit of sun on my back and enjoy my time away in Qatar.
“We have a 25-man squad and I reckon the games will give a lot of young boys the chance to play.
“But hopefully I will get a few minutes.”
Arnason netted against Hamilton at the SuperSeal stadium to put the Dons 2-1 up but they blew that advantage to lose ground on Premiership leaders Celtic.
The Hoops set a new British record of 63 domestic games unbeaten, beating the previous landmark set by the Glasgow club in 1917.
Arnason admits squandering that lead after only 90 seconds was unacceptable.
He said: “We wanted to keep as close to Celtic as we could. so from that point of view it is two points dropped.
“Losing the goal after we had got in front is the most disappointing aspect.
“Our focus going into the game was to win.
“But credit to Hamilton as they played well and forced the game on us to make it difficult for us.
“Their second goal was a straight ball into the forward’s (David Templeton) feet and a lay off and a shot. That is not good enough from us.”
Arnason also admitted that the defending for Hamilton’s first-half opener was sloppy and that there will be an inevitable post-mortem into that in the coming days.
He said: “Leading up to the free-kick where Hamilton got their opening goal, we could have cleared the ball three or four times but we didn’t .
“Then they go 1-0 up and it is always a hill to climb when you are a goal down.
“We came back into it to go 1-1 at half-time and, with the way we were playing in the second half, I thought that a goal for us would come.
“When that goal came I was confident that we would see it through.
“It is not good enough to concede that late goal.
“We will have to see what went wrong and what we could have done better.”
Although the Dons won in the League Cup earlier this season in Hamilton they have a horrendous league record on the artificial surface.
Aberdeen lost both Premiership matches there last season and have taken just five points from 18 at the ground.
Arnason said: “The pitch is horrendous but that is no excuse. We should have kept that lead by being more compact and harder to break down. We had spells in the match where we did well, and created some danger in front of their goal.
“But it wasn’t a strong enough performance to get three points – and we can only blame ourselves for that.”