Chris Sutton: I would be shocked if this 35-year-old was appointed Rangers manager
By Amir Mir
Chris Sutton has stated that he would be “shocked” if Alex Neil was appointed the Rangers manager.
The 35-year-old is the current boss of Championship outfit Norwich City who are aiming to secure a play-off spot and promotion back to England’s top flight.
Former midfielder Neil has managed in Scotland before when he helped Hamilton earn promotion in 2013 and beat Celtic for the first time in 76 years upon their return to the top flight.
The Gers are currently without a manager after Mark Warburton resigned from his post at Ibrox earlier on in the month.
Former Celtic striker Sutton delivered his verdict on whether Neil will move back to Scotland and the pressure the Championship manager has been under this season.
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“Is Alex Neil going to leave Norwich? I don’t think so,” Sutton told BT Sport. “His standing is he was under pressure [at Norwich], they went through a tricky period saw it through, but there was always this lingering thing in the background with Alex Neil about a huge pay off and whether that kept him in a job.
“I would be shocked if he ended up at Rangers.”
After guiding the Canaries to promotion two seasons ago, Neil suffered instant relegation back to the Championship in his debut season in charge in the Premier League.
At this moment in time, Norwich are eighth in the second tier of English football on 52 points from their 34 matches.
They are six points adrift of the final play-off spot with 12 games of the Championship campaign remaining.
In recent weeks, the Gers have suffered back-to-back defeats and they will be looking to stop that slump when they host St Johnstone at Ibrox on Wednesday night.