By Laura O'Leary

31st Oct, 2017 | 12:22pm

International manager flattered after being linked to Rangers vacancy

By Laura O’Leary

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill revealed it was “nice to be linked” with the Rangers job but his focus remains on his country.

In an interview with Sky Sports News, O’Neill said: “My attention is here [at Northern Ireland] and trying to get my country to a World Cup finals.

“What may or may not happen after that is in the laps of the football gods, to be honest.

“It’s always nice to be linked with jobs but it’s not something I have given much thought to at all.”

Sky Bet have made the 48-year-old a long shot for the role, pricing him at 28/1, with the bookies making Derek McInnes their favourite for the role at just 4/6.

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The Northern Ireland-born manager, who currently lives in Edinburgh, has been the manager of his national side since 2011.

Under his guidance, Northern Ireland qualified for their first European Championship in 2016, which in fact was the country’s first major tournament in 30 years.

Before taking on the role of Northern Ireland manager, O’Neill previously managed Shamrock Rovers and Brechin City.

The Rangers managerial role is vacant after Pedro Caixinha was sacked last week after only seven months in the role.

Ahead of Caixinha’s dismissal, Rangers found themselves fourth in the league, eight points behind the leaders Celtic.

Rangers defeated Hearts 3-1 in their last game, with caretaker manager Graeme Murty opting to recall the formerly frozen out Kenny Miller to the starting line-up. Miller contributed two goals in the Gers’ victory over Hearts.

In other Rangers news, a top-flight midfielder is now heavily linked to Rangers after betting odds were dramatically slashed.

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