By Danny Wright
Northern Ireland are planning to offer Michael O’Neill a new contract amid interest from Rangers, according to reports.
Sky Sports claims that the Irish FA is readying a new deal for the 48-year-old, who the Telegraph have recently claimed is interesting Rangers as their search for Pedro Caixinha nears it’s third week.
It is understood that Scotland are also interested in O’Neill as they look to replace Gordon Strachan, and it’s said the Tartan Army would have to double his current salary of £500,000-a-year with the Green and White Army.
The report claims that the relationship between the ex-Brechin City boss and the Irish FA is very strong and that he will take a good amount of time to assess his options after Northern Ireland failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia this week.
Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes has been the bookmakers’ favourite to take over the role at Ibrox ever since Caixinha was dismissed last month while Feyenoord manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is also in the running, according to SkyBet.
Football Insider Verdict
O’Neill would be a good bet for Rangers. He is currently doing very well with a squad that is way out-performing their capabilities and that is kind of what is needed at Ibrox right now. They don’t need someone who knows how it is to be a Ger like how all the pundits keep saying, they simply need someone who is good enough. Warburton and Caixinha weren’t good enough to get the club where they want to be but O’Neill could be that man. Rangers don’t seem in any rush over their bid to replace Caixinha though and that means that they could miss out on the Northern Ireland boss.
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