Rangers will almost certainly go into their third consecutive campaign with a new manager at the helm next season with Graeme Murty looking incredibly unlikely to remain in charge – but Preston manager Alex Neil surely can’t be on their shortlist.
Sunday’s 4-0 defeat by Celtic at Hampden has practically finished any chances of Murty being handed an extended deal at Ibrox after taking over from Pedro Caixinha when the Portuguese was sacked in October.
That led to multiple bookmakers re-opening the market on who will be Caixinha’s long-term successor at Ibrox and SkyBet have now installed Preston manager Neil, 36, as the 3/1 favourite to be in the Ibrox dugout for the first game of next season.
Neil is another manager in the same mould as Derek McInnes and is a bog-average manager who has achieved very little as a manager so far to merit even being in the conversation to be Rangers boss.
The Light Blues need someone who is going to be able to stabilise the squad while massively increasing the quality of players and results after another season looks like ending in farce.
The Gers board need to show a bit more ambition and than going for a manager like Neil to try and finally get back to the top of Scottish football.
When Rangers beat Celtic in the Scottish Cup semi-final in 2016 it sparked the Celtic board into digging out the cheque-book and hiring Brendan Rodgers.
That’s the sort of appointment the Rangers board need to make this summer if they are going to catch their bitter rivals.