THE longest-running managerial saga to be played out on this site finally ended when Derek McInnes knocked back Rangers' attempt to take him to Ibrox.
Everyone had the Aberdeen boss sitting in the famous Blue Room and his decision to reject the offer came as a massive surprise.
No one saw it – not Dons chairman Stewart Milne, not Chris Guy and probably not even Del's missus. It will be fascinating to here McInnes' thoughts on why he's staying.
He won't get too long to think about it though as the Dons are in Friday night action at Dundee. Boosted by McInnes' decision I reckon they can return to winning ways after suffering two defeats to Rangers with the manager's future up in the air.
Aberdeen have lost just once in 10 visits to Dens and last season won 7-0 and 3-1 there. It won't be easy though as Dundee are on a mini revival having notched back-to-back wins against Rangers and Ross County to climb six points off the foot of the table and in touching distance of the top six.
McInnes missed two days training as he mulled over moving to Glasgow but is said to have been in close contact with the players and it was clear they wanted him to stay so should react with a top performance.
Aberdeen are a best 10-11 with McBookie to win the game but I'm going with slightly better odds of evens on them to score 2+. They've netted 12 on their last three visits to Dens and Dundee are capable of scoring having hit the net in four of their last five.
McBookie.com are offering 16-1 McInnes can lead Dons to second place and win the Scottish Cup. Spokesman Paul Petrie said: “McInnes reached 1-16 to be the next Rangers manager and we cannot believe we aren’t paying out.
“It is great news for Aberdeen and they will now be overly determined to finish above Rangers in the league and alsowin some silverware. Our rules require any caretaker manager to complete 10 games and it now looks like Graeme Murty will be in charge for the rest of the year.”
Aberdeen are 11-8 to finish second in the league with Rangers 4-6 favourites.
Elsewhere tonight it's Sheffield United v Bristol City in the Championship and you have to fancy both to score there and that starts my Top Treble.
The Blades' last five have saw both scoring including a 5-4 home defeat to Fulham and four of City's last five have brought up the market including a 3-2 defeat at Hull on their previous road trip.
Alaves face Las Palmas in La Liga and again I'm taking both to score. The last three meetings there have finished 1-1 and both are in decent scoring form.
Stuttgart tackle Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga protecting an unbeaten home record. Bayer, however, are unbeaten in 10 and haven't lost in 12 visits to Stuttgart. I'm on Bayer not to lose.
Greg's favourite Ligue 2 games and Dutch lower league matches will see plenty of tips and Greg has posted.
On Thursday Everton's weakened side upset my Super Single by winning at Apollon and my three 1pt trebles were losers – the closest I came was the late treble when I was waiting for Cologne to score.
I should really leave the Europa League alone and maybe one day I'll learn. Well done to all the winners.
2pts Super Single
- Aberdeen to score 2+
- (1-1. Marathonbet)
2pts Top Treble
- Sheffield Utd v Bristol City btts
- Alaves v Las Palmas btt (8pm)
- Bayer Leverkusen not to lose (7.30pm)
- (7-2, Marathonbet)
December Super Singles Total
- Profit/loss: +2.9pts (5 bets, 3 winners)
December Advised Accas Total
- Profit/loss: -11.9pts (15 bets, 2 winners)
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