By John Reid

Rangers legend Derek Johnstone has admitted that Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill isn’t his preferred man to become the next Rangers manager.

O’Neill has done a superb job with Northern Ireland, and has been linked with a host of jobs after his side failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year.

The Scotland and USA national team jobs and Rangers have all been talked about as future destinations for the former Hibs player.

But Johnstone feels that O’Neill isn’t the man for Ibrox.

“As an international manager, your time is spent organising and setting-up the team how you want them to play”, he said in his column on the Evening Times website.

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“Working with experienced professionals, and, doing very little in the way of coaching skills.

“That is a completely different job to what would face him at Rangers, where he would have to assemble an entirely new team… while having to work with a director of football who could have final say on who is and isn’t recruited.”

“If that wasn’t enough, he’d need to get Rangers winning and climbing up the table.

“With Northern Ireland, he got 12 games to get it right. He wouldn’t have that luxury with Rangers. He’d be in the thick of it from the off.”

Graeme Murty is still in interim charge of Rangers as the hunt for Rangers’ next permanent manager continues.

Murty has lead Rangers to two victories out of two since taking over at Ibrox following the sacking of Pedro Caixinha.

The ‘Gers return to Scottish Premiership action this weekend with a home game against Hamilton.

In more Rangers news, David Bates has just returned from a long injury lay-off

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