By James Black
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neills’ odds to become next Rangers manager have shortened after his side failed to qualify for next summer’s World Cup – but Gers fans don’t want him anywhere near Ibrox.
The 48-year-old has done a fantastic job with Northern Ireland and is widely expected to be in huge demand if he decides to move on from his current role.
Despite qualifying for the play-offs, Northern Ireland couldn’t overturn a 1-0 deficit from the first leg against Switzerland.
Despite his heroics in charge of his national side, O’Neill’s lack of experience at club level is scaring Rangers fans off.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
Michael O’Neill has managed Brechin City and Shamrock Rovers in his entire club management career. Next Rangers Manager?
— Youin (@YouinJames) November 12, 2017
Looks like farewell hugs from Michael O'Neill to his players. Is this what the rangers board were waiting for? 🤔
— Niall (@NiallPowers91) November 12, 2017
I dont want to see Micheal O'Neill leave NI for Rangers, if he makes a pigs ear of it ill have to hate the man, I dont want that
— AyeitsmeRog (@Forefather2003) November 13, 2017
Michael O'Neill has done a terrific job with Northern Ireland no question but I don't want him at Rangers. Completely different jobs/pressure altogether.
— Kirsten (@kirsten93_) November 12, 2017
According to SkyBet, Derek McInnes is the favourite to take over at Ibrox although O’Neill’s odds have been slashed from 28/1 to 6/1 in the past few days.
O’Neill spent two-and-a-half years managing Brechin City before joining Shamrock Rovers at the end of 2008.
After three years in charge of Irish side Rovers, O’Neill was appointed as Northern Ireland manager.
O’Neill led the side to the 2016 European Championship in France – their first major tournament in 30 years – losing out to Wales in the second round after surprisingly making it through the group stage.
Graeme Murty is in interim charge at Ibrox after Pedro Caixinha was sacked by the Light Blues almost three weeks ago.