Aberdeen coach Paul Sheerin expects the ongoing saga surrounding Derek McInnes' Pittodrie future to be resolved later on Thursday.

Rangers have made it clear they want the 46 year-old to become their new boss but have been forced to wait while McInnes held crunch talks Dons chairman Stewart Milne.

Both McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty were absent from training for the second day running on Thursday as those discussions continued.

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Now Dons under-20s boss Sheerin - who has been preparing the team for Friday night's clash at Dundee alongside first team-coach Barry Robson - says a conclusion could be in sight.

Sheerin, who was also standing in for McInnes at the club's weekly media conference, was quoted by Aberdeen's official Twitter account saying: "There will be a resolution on the manager sometime today and we're preparing for the game tomorrow night.

"I've spoken to Derek about the game tomorrow and not about anything else.

"We all hope Derek and Tony stay but that is all out of our hands."