Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has refused to reignite the Aleksandar Tonev racism row, insisting it is time to "draw a line" under the affair.

The Celtic winger failed in his bid to have a seven-game ban for racially abusing Dons defender Shay Logan overturned.

The Bulgarian was found guilty of calling Logan a "black c***" when the teams met at Celtic Park in September.

Tonev - on loan from Aston Villa - has always protested his innocence, but the judicial panel which heard October's original hearing found the 24-year-old was not a "credible or reliable" witness.

But, even after his appeal bid failed on Tuesday, Tonev and Celtic continued to insist that no racial slur had been made.

It is understood, however, that the Scottish champions will not take their case further after deciding against an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

And McInnes told RedTV: "We will always support any of our players when they feel they have been wronged.

"But now we just want to draw a line under it and move on. That's right for everybody - I think enough has been said on it."

McInnes was also reluctant to entertain any suggestion he was being lined up to replace Ally McCoist at Rangers.

The Ibrox boss is now working a 12-month notice period after falling out with the Light Blues board, but McInnes said: "I'm really happy here at Aberdeen.

"I think it's unfair [to be talking about who will take over at Rangers] when there is still a manager in charge. He's a friend of mine as well and for me I have no desire to leave Aberdeen at the moment.

"I'm really enjoying myself and I feel we have work to finish."

While Rangers stumble from one crisis to another, the picture could not be any more different at Pittodrie.

The Dons finalised plans at this week's AGM to clear around £14.5million worth of debt from their books.

But McInnes does not expect to receive a blank cheque to use as he wishes.

"Just because we have made a significant step, we can't expect everything to be rosy in the garden and all of a sudden I'm going to get everything I want," he said.

"I work closely with the board and the chairman on budgets. We have managed to utilise what we do have to work with well.

"I'm happy to go with what the board feels is right for the club."