By Danny Wright
West Brom are set to ambush Scotland’s move for Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill after losing patience with Tony Pulis, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that the Irish FA have offered O’Neill, 48, a “lucrative” new contract although they have accepted an approach from the Scottish FA about him replacing Gordon Strachan in charge of the Tartan Army.
Rangers are understood to still have O’Neill on their radar in their hunt for a new manager as it has now been over three weeks since Pedro Caixinha was sacked and there has been little in way of developments so far.
Premier League club West Brom are reportedly on the verge of sacking manager Pulis with them being just one point clear of the relegation after the 4-0 thrashing at home against Chelsea on Saturday.
The Baggies have won just three of their last 24 league fixtures and look as though they are spiraling towards the bottom three with the Welshman in charge.
Rangers caretaker manager Graeme Murty lost his first game at the helm on Saturday when the Light Blues lost at Ibrox to Hamilton.
Football Insider Verdict
West Brom look very likely to give Pulis the boot after a farcical run of form in 2017 that has left the Hawthorns faithful angered by the board’s indecision not to show him the door after the loss to 10 man Huddersfield before the international break. However it seems that the Scottish FA are very keen on O’Neill due to his success with the Northern Ireland national side. The ex-Brechin City boss has shown little in club management that he has the ability to manage a top Scottish Premiership side or a Premier League side. Rangers should really be fearful if West Brom set their sights on Derek McInnes though. The Aberdeen boss is a former Albion player and there are cries from the Black Country for him to return to the Hawthorns.
In other Rangers news, this BBC Sport pundit has given a damning verdict on the Gers’ manager hunt.