Aitor Karanka is the new second favourite to become the next Rangers manager in a surprise shift in the market, according to the latest odds.
SkyBet have slashed the odds on the three-time Champions League winner replacing Pedro Caixinha to 6/1 with Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes remaining as favourite (2/7) despite drifiting slightly over since Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat at Ibrox.
As recently as Wednesday night, Karanka was as far out as 33/1 to take the reins at Ibrox.
Karanka spent three-and-a-half years with Middlesbrough before leaving the Riverside earlier this year.
The former Spanish international took Boro back to the Premier League but struggled to replicate his earlier success and was sacked with the Teesside club three points from safety.
During his time as a player, Karanka lifted three Champions League’s, a Spanish title and two Spanish Super Cups in a career that enjoyed spells with Real Madrid, Althetic Bilbao and MLS side Colorado Rapids.
Football Insider verdict: This one seems a bit pie-in-the-sky really when it comes to managerial rumours. There’s been no shortage of names so far but Karanka doesn’t really seem to fit the bill for what Rangers are looking for right now. With a reputation for being a bit abrasive, some might think he’s the ideal fit but with one or two of the Ibrox squad not taking too kindly to criticism under Caixinha, it’s unlikely they’ll suddenly change their ways with Karanka. We could be wrong and there could be genuine interest but it smacks a little of a publicity stunt in a market that’s had no shortage of twists over the last six weeks.
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