By Danny Wright

18th Apr, 2018 | 7:02am

Betting update: Alex Neil new favourite for Rangers job

Preston manager Alex Neil is the new favourite to become the next Rangers boss, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.

SkyBet have installed Neil, 36, as the 3/1 favourite to be in charge of the Light Blues for the first game of next season after previous frontrunner Frank de Boer saw his odds tumble.

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke (4/1) and surprisingly Glenn Hoddle (5/1) are also in the mix to succeed Graeme Murty in the Ibrox hotseat after chairman Dave King gave a huge hint that there will be a change in leadership over the summer.

Neil started his management career in the Scotland with Hamilton, where at the start of the 2014/15 season he managed to get the Accies’ first away from win against Celtic in 76 years.

He joined Championship side Norwich in 2015 and helped them win promotion to the Premier League by winning the play-offs, however a season later he quit Carrow Road as the Canaries were instantly relegated.

The 36-year-old then joined Preston last summer to replace Simon Grayson and currently has his side eighth in the Championship standings, hoping to secure another play-off finish.

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Football Insider verdict

There is still not a massive rush for the Rangers board to find a new manager. If they wait until the season has ended, there should be some more people made available that they could potentially go for and it’s better to wait rather than rush in now. It seems that there has been very little thought about who will replace Murty over the last few months, but they should at the very least have a shortlist of a few names by now. De Boer should not be one of them but Neil is an interesting choice. He has done steady jobs at every club he has managed and could do very well at Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, Mark Allen must hijack this bid to sign a goal machine who is known as by Gers fans as the ‘Scottish Messi’.

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