World Cup results see significant change in Rangers’ manager hunt

World Cup results see significant change in Rangers’ manager hunt

Northern Ireland’s failure to secure a place tonight at next year’s Russian World Cup has seen their manager Michael O’Neill become even stronger linked with the Rangers job.

It had been predicted the ex-Dundee United player would become a more prominent name in the managerial race should the Ulster lads fail to overcome that first-leg deficit, and so it has proven to be, with the Portadown-born 48-year old now firmly installed as third favourite beyond Derek McInnes and Giovanni Van Bronckhorst at odds of 8/1.

The ex-Hibs player followed a long line of many others in cryptically admitting interest in the Rangers job by failing to outright reject it, and with his current job now in question, Rangers may see a fine chance to take a manager with his high stock in the game as a free agent.

The world cup has seen a number of home nation managers reach the end of their times, with Scotland manager Gordon Strachan the first to fall after failure, followed by doubt over Wales’ boss Chris Coleman.

Michael O’Neill may well be the next under scrutiny, and many fans would be happy with his services secured at Ibrox.

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  1. As you will be aware, I have already mentioned Michael O’Neill being in the frame for the Rangers managers job.
    From his point of view he has to consider several factors.
    Not that this is a concern of mine, as I respect him as a manager, but would he as a reputed Catholic from Northern Ireland want the job?
    Would he feel that the obvious mass hysteria created by both factions of “Irish” followers of the Old Firm make his personal life hell, not to mention the media frenzy.
    Would certain factions of our own support reject the thought of him taking the reins at Ibrox on religious bigotry or the simple fact they don’t want him, make him rule himself out as a candidate?
    So fan rejection, press pressure, religious elements or the potential of these main elements may have an impact on him not contemplating even considering the job.
    It still makes him in the frame for the media and bookies, but I feel he won’t be our next manager, although if appointed would fully support him.

  2. Anybody who wants an analysis of the predicament Rangers are in under our esteemed chairman should listen to the SFM podcast with guest David Low , the man that helped save Celtic .

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