By Danny Wright
Scotland have made an approach for Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill, according to reports.
Sky Sports claims that the Scottish FA have made an “official approach” to the Irish FA as they look to enter talks with O’Neill, 48, in a bid to find Gordon Strachan’s successor while the Scottish Sun reports that Rangers and Sunderland are monitoring the situation.
It is understood from Sky that the English Championship side are preparing to launch an approach of their own after the major development was reported on Wednesday afternoon.
The Telegraph have recently stated that Rangers are interested in making O’Neill their next manager as the search to replace Pedro Caixinha’s nears it’s third week.
However Sky Sports has also previously reported that Northern Ireland are drafting up contract talks of their own with the former Brechin City and Shamrock Rovers boss, despite him failing to secure qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia next summer.
Football Insider Verdict
It seems that Rangers may have missed their opportunity if they really wanted O’Neill, however he never really seemed like one of their main targets. Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes has been favourite for the job ever since Caixinha was sacked and it all just seems like a matter of when and not if for the ex-Bristol City boss to move back to Ibrox. O’Neill has proven himself to be a good manager for Northern Ireland and is definitely doing the right things to show that he can do well with the Tartan Army. It seems unlikely he would want to switch nations though, especially with Northern Ireland doing a much better job in recent years.
In other Rangers news, a meeting has been held before an offer is made for this Gers manager target.