Rangers in three-way stand off for coveted manager


Sky Sources have today claimed Rangers are in a three way battle with the national team and USA for the services of Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill, with claims that he would prefer a ‘return to club management’ if he was to quit his time with the Irish FA.

The 48 year old ex-Newcastle midfielder’s managerial future has been the subject of intense speculation since the Ulster lads missed out on a place at Russia 2018, and the man himself was certainly not closed to the idea of Rangers when asked recently.

However it does seem, if Sky’s sources are correct, that Rangers have stepped up their interest in the ex-Hibs man and face a challenge from two national FAs for his services.

If, however, the further claims about his interest only being in club management are true though, then Rangers enjoy first refusal by some distance should O’Neill elect to call time on his present position.

There have also been some loose reports in the press that O’Neill is also a target, ironically, for Aberdeen, should they lose Derek McInnes.


  1. I sincerely hope we do not go for him. You cannot take away what he has achieved for N.I. but he has only managed shamrock rovers and brechin, lets get real here i'd sooner bring back Pedro.
    It's either McInnes or GVB for me.

  2. Just more meaningless speculation. Graeme is going to be given the opportunity as manager if he gets results in the next three games guaranteed.

  3. More speculation.
    Nothing will be done till Mark Allan hands in his recommendation.

    What part of that are all the Rangers support struggling to understand!?

  4. We have to get this right, not make a right mess of it.

    Those calling for Murty seem to have little appreciation for how big the job is and how difficult it will be. This isn't football manager where some inexperienced novice can lead the club to glory. This is real life, and right now we are no threat to Celtic and are struggling to match Aberdeen.

    The way ahead is difficult, especially given the lack of funds. I'm not sure who the right man is but I an certain that it is not Murty. I like the guy and think he is a very good assistant candidate but I'm not one for making decisions based on one or two results. The big picture is what matters.

    The problem with the last two managers was that they were both lacked experience both in Scotland and in management in general. That mistake cannot be repeated.

    • The new system splits the job into football coach and Director of Football, who will take care of signing new players.
      Murty seems to be doing all right so far. Leave him be just now, if he wins next 2 games give him until Christmas. If he takes 2 or more points off Aberdeen give him the job until next summer. If we come second give him a 12 month rolling contract.
      DoF delivers McLean, Walker, Moult and Morgan on pre-contracts in January. Then looks for upgrades to buy in the summer, while Murty brings through young Scottish players.
      No point in DoF if you are going to have a manager who demands the last word on buys

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