Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes couldn’t hide his frustration after his captain Ryan Jack confirmed he will be leaving Pittodrie this summer.
The 25-year-old midfielder, who is out of contract, has been heavily linked with a move to Scottish Premiership rivals Rangers.
McInnes said there has been no official approach from the Ibrox side to speak to Jack – but admitted the player he made captain two years ago has refused a new deal.
It is a severe blow for the Aberdeen manager with Niall McGinn and Peter Pawlett having already indicated they will exit Pittodrie when their contracts expire in the summer.
McInnes said: “There has been loads of speculation.
“Everybody else seems to know a bit more than I do at the minute.
“There has been no official approach from any team about Ryan Jack.
“What he has told me over the last couple of days is that it is his intention to move on.
“It is disappointing but I don’t think any of us are surprised.
“It has went this long. It is disappointing that it has dragged on this long.
“We have been waiting for an answer from Ryan to find out his future.
“Wherever his future lies next season it is certainly not going to be with us.”
Jack has returned to light training following a groin injury but is not expected to feature against Partick Thistle tomorrow in the final league game of the season.
McInnes says the midfielder could face Celtic at Hampden in next week’s Scottish Cup final but refused to discuss whether he would retain the captain’s armband should he be fit enough to feature.
McInnes added: “I want to wake up on Monday morning with a clean bill of health.
“Hopefully Ryan and Peter Pawlett (Achilles) are going to be part of that team that is considered for the cup final.
“We want to come through the game on Sunday without any injuries.
“The priority is the cup final and being ready for that.
“Hopefully this will stop the chat about him.
“I think it is too important now, it is not about individuals or anything else.”