Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes should stay at club, says Scott Booth

Scott Booth wants Derek McInnes to stay at Aberdeen

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes should stay and battle on with the Scottish Premiership club, says former Dons striker Scott Booth.

McInnes has been rumoured to be in the frame for the West Brom job after Alan Pardew left by mutual consent.

The 46-year-old was expected to leave Aberdeen in December for Rangers, a club he played for, but turned down the offer and opted to stay at Pittodrie and Booth has stated “as a fan” he wants McInnes to stay.

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Speaking to Sky Sports News, the ex-Aberdeen player said: “I thought at other times he would be interested in the jobs that have come along and he’d have potentially been there but he didn’t bite.

“What Derek actually wants to do with his career right now is in the balance we don’t really know if it’s to move on, try something fresh, try something new.

“However, what I have seen so far I would expect him to stay at Aberdeen and keep building. I would expect him to stay and battle on at Aberdeen.”

Aberdeen face Motherwell in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden on Saturday but will be without captain Graeme Shinnie, Kenny McLean and their only natural right-back Shay Logan due to suspension.

McInnes’ side have not won the cup since 1990 and last won silverware in 2014 in the Scottish League Cup but Booth, who played for the club twice during his career, believes they can produce an on the day performance.

“I think as far the cup competitions are concerned you would still expect them to be tough with Celtic in the competition,” he added.

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“But in one-off games, football players like that opportunity. They like to go into a one-off match and turn in a great performance, a little bit of luck, the opposition may might not hit the heights.

“It is certainly an opportunity. I really see the Motherwell game being a tough one. One or two players down as well which is going to be a problem for them. However they have a good squad and I am sure they can cope.”

Aberdeen come into the match following a 2-0 defeat to Hearts which saw them slip back down to third place behind Rangers in the Scottish Premiership.