18 May No Derek at my door
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha heightened his war of words with Derek McInnes after telling the Aberdeen manager not to come to the door of his Ibrox office.
The Portuguese engaged in a series of touchline spats with his Dons counterpart as the Reds claimed their first Ibrox triumph in a quarter of a century with a 2-1 win.
And as the teams made their way up the tunnel, Caxinha turned to McInnes and his coaching staff and told them they were not welcome for a post-match drink after claiming he had been snubbed when the teams met at Pittodrie last month.
Asked about the post-match squabble, the coach said: “I was just saluting him and saying I didn’t understand the reason why he invited me to be received in his office and didn’t show up at the previous match.
“So I said that if you didn’t show up in the previous match, you are definitely not welcome to come to my office. It is a question of respect. If I am not being respected then, please, don’t show up.
“If he didn’t show up and I waited more than 15 minutes, what do you call that? What do you call that?
“I am a guy who came here to do my job. I know I am maybe the only foreigner but I have already passed through this situation in Mexico so I am used to it.
“But I am here to win and here to defend this club.”
But McInnes told Caixinha he had got events at April’s Granite City clash all wrong.
“He’s mistaken,” he said. “I was doing my media duties as I normally do and there is absolutely no way I would be like that with any manager and I never will. Every manager is welcome in my office and I always make the point.
“It’s not something you can aim at me. He’s wrong, he’s mistaken. If he thinks that then maybe he should have said to me be before – I don’t know.
“(Dons assistant) Tony Docherty and my staff were there at the time and told me they came in, had a quick glass of red wine and shot away. They made their apologies for having to leave so soon,
“I was still doing my media work and it was no longer than any other time. I would never disrespect any manager in terms of after the game.
“Will I go into his office? I might try.”
Asked about the angry exchanges between the pair during the match – settled by goals from Graeme Shinnie and Ryan Christie, with Martyn Waghorn netting Rangers’ consolation strike – McInnes added: “That was just about decisions.
“Managers and benches can get passionate on the touchline. There was a couple of calls, one or two things, and I argued with him as he did with me.”
This latest row comes a day after McInnes hit out at Caixinha for revealing his admiration for Reds skipper Ryan Jack.
The former Rangers midfielder also insisted the Light Blues should be embarrassed at finishing third behind his men.
But Caixinha could not resist biting back, saying: “I’m not focused on Aberdeen next season. The focus at this club is always to be number one.
“We don’t misunderstand things here. I know what it represents to be in this chair, despite many others who should like to be here but they aren’t.
“I know what the job represents and I am here to defend the club and work for the club.”