Graeme Murty has been installed the new bookmakers’ favourite to become the next permanent Rangers manager following Derek McInnes’ sensational snub.
SkyBet priced caretaker boss Murty, 43, at 11/10 on Thursday night as he jumped into the lead in the betting race to take over the Ibrox dugout.
Ex-Rangers boss Alex McLeish (6/1) is the second favourite, with McInnes (7/1) in third place even though Aberdeen announced on their official website that he has turned down the chance to take over at Ibrox.
Other names in the frame include ex-Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka (9/1), Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill (12/1) and Dundee manager Neil McCann (14/1).
McInnes had been the odds-on favourite earlier in the week at 1/8, when Murty was 9/1, and bookmakers on Thursday had even closed the book on the next Rangers’ boss.
But the stunning twist in Rangers’ six-week search for a new manager has now completely altered the picture in the betting race.
Murty has been in caretaker charge at Ibrox since former boss Caixinha was given his marching orders after only seven months as manager.
Murty has won four of his six games in his second spell in temporary charge, including back-to-back victories over McInnes’ Aberdeen last week.
The caretaker boss is expected to remain in charge of Rangers for the Scottish Premiership clash with struggling Ross County this weekend.