By Richard Parks

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has been installed the odds-on bookmakers’ favourite to become the next manager of Rangers.

Sky Bet priced McInnes, 46, as the 4/7 favourite on Friday afternoon to succeed Pedro Caixinha in the Ibrox dugout.

McInnes leads betting race ahead of former Gers manager Alex McLeish (9/2) and ex-Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies (7/1), while caretaker boss Graeme Murty (9/1) and Frank de Boer (9/1) are also fancied.

McInnes has jumped up in the betting in the last 24 hours after being named in reports as the frontrunner to take over from Caixinha.

The Portugese was sacked on Thursday after the team slipped to fourth in the Scottish Premiership in the wake of their draw against Kilmarnock on Wednesday night.

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McInnes has been in charge at Aberdeen since April 2013 and has steered the club to consecutive runners-up positions in the SPL in the last three seasons.

He has also won the Scottish League Cup during his four-and-a-half year Pittodrie tenure.

The former midfielder spent five years at Rangers during his playing days and was part of a team that won the treble.

In other Rangers news, Caixinha delivered a four-word response when asked about his job at Ibrox before Thursday’s report about his sacking.

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