Derek McInnes is the new favourite to be appointed as permanent Rangers manager, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.

SkyBet have Aberdeen manager McInnes, 46, priced as the 8/13 favourite to succeed Pedro Caixinha in the Ibrox hotseat after replacing Alex McLeish as frontrunner for the job.

McLeish, 58, has been the clear favourite for some time as he originally replaced McInnes as the most likely man to be named Gers boss, but his odds have now drifted to 6/5 to make him second in the running.

McInnes was the original favourite to return to Rangers as manager in the wake of Caixinha’s dismissal but after making it clear that his future was at Aberdeen, his odds drifted much like McLeish’s are now.

Ladbrokes suspended betting on the ex-Scotland and Aston Villa manager to start a second spell at Ibrox on Monday, but he then moved to rubbish any claims that he had been in talks with the Light Blues, who have been on the hunt for a new boss for almost five week.

Aberdeen boss McInnes has been widely reported to be Rangers’ top target to be their new manager but many have suggested that the Glasgow club have been unable to afford his compensation fee.

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