Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke has been installed as joint-favourite to be named as the next Rangers boss, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.

SkyBet have Clarke, 54, priced at 3/1 to be the Rangers manager for the first game of the 2018/19 season after chairman Dave King dropped a big hint that Graeme Murty will not continue in the role after the end of this term.

Former Crystal Palace and Ajax manager Frank de Boer is joint-favourite with Clarke after SkyBet opened their market on the next man to take charge at Ibrox.

Scotland manager Alex McLeish (9/2) is also a surprise name in the running to return to Govan having not long taken charge of the national team.

Clarke has done a brilliant job since taking charge of Kilmarnock in October.

The former West Brom and Reading manager has won manager of the month three times in a row having helped guide Killie up from the bottom of the Scottish Premiership up to where they currently sit in fifth – 10 points behind the Light Blues.

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Though some Rangers fans may not want to admit it, Clarke is definitely the best option out of the current front-runners. De Boer was terrible in his last two jobs at Inter Milan and Crystal Palace while a McLeish return can only spell disaster after the way his first Ibrox spell ended. Clarke has been impressive at Kilmarnock. The signings of Youssouf Mulumbu and Aaron Tshibola has helped propel the club up into European contention after at one stage looking doomed. Clarke’s spell at Reading was not that impressive but he was responsible for being the man who led West Brom to their highest ever Premier League finish in 2012/13 when they grabbed eighth place.

In other Rangers news, the Gers will be waving goodbye to this fan favourite in the summer after Dave King dropped a huge hint.

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