Aberdeen are preparing to push their budget to compete with the financially doped tribute act from Ibrox.
Derek McInnes’ side are sitting in third place at the mement with a game in hand over Sevco who they visit on Saturday.
The Dons lost out on trophies, prize money and European appearances for over two decades as Dave Murrayt drove his basket case off a clip- supported by the Bank of Scotland, HMRC and the Scottish football authorities who all took a vow of silence as the trophies and debt mounted in Ibrox.
Aberdeen’s steady progress over the last few years is under threat from a club running at an annual loss reaching eight digits, with a going concern on their accounts and kept afloat by soft loans from unknown foreign ‘investors’.
Responding to that challenge Dons chairman Stewart Milne told the Evening Express: “He (McInnes) knows we have got to operate within a budget and we have been working hard to stretch that.
“We will push boundaries if that’s what it takes. We acknowledge that Rangers and Hearts are going to provide a serious challenge for that second place.
“There’s a determination to repeat what we achieved last year. We will work closely in the background and do whatever we can to remain in that position.”
It’s unlikely that Milne would accept the same uneven playing field in his property business where one competitor does as they please without a peep from regulators.
If McInnes was given £10m more than his club currently earn he’d be fairly certain to finish up the tribute act.
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