By James Black
Former Rangers striker Kris Boyd thinks Michael O’Neill would prefer a return to club management if he quits as Northern Ireland manager.
The Northern Ireland boss saw his side lose out to Switzerland 1-0 on aggregate in a World Cup qualifying play-off after a hotly-disputed penalty in the first leg.
The former Brechin City manager’s future is unclear after the World Cup qualifiers finished and Northern Ireland without a competitive game now for 10 months.
O’Neill has a limited history in club management with Brechin City and Shamrock Rovers his only clubs to date.
O’Neill has been mentioned as a possible candidate to replace Pedro Caixinha at Ibrox as well as the next Scotland manager and Boyd believes the 48-year-old would choose Ibrox over Hampden.
“He’s been unbelievable with Northern Ireland, from where they were to now if he does leave.
“But I think he probably will want a club job.”
Derek McInnes is the bookies’ favourite to replace Pedro Caixinha at Ibrox after he was sacked by the Gers three weeks ago.
However, the odds on Michael O’Neil have been have been slashed recently and he’s now third favourite at 6/1 with SkyBet.
The Portuguese was only seven months into a three-year deal when the axe fell but, after falling to fourth in the Scottish Premiership, the Rangers board had little option.
O’Neill has also been mentioned as a possible candidate to take over at Everton and the United States national team so the 48-year-old appears not to be short of suitors.
Rangers return to action on Saturday when they take on Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership at Ibrox.
In other Rangers team news, Fabio Cardoso has returned to training after suffering a nose injury