Life is pretty good amongst the Rangers fans here in the Transfer Tavern following the sacking of Pedro Caixinha last week. Indeed, having won their game without him in charge, our local Light Blues are starting to see some positives in their team.
While that’s all well and good, our resident Gers are well aware of the fact that the club need to find a replacement swiftly, so discussion is rife amongst the punters propping up our bar on that front. With that in mind, comments from Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neil made to Sky Sports have provoked further debate in our bar.
With the 48-year-old one of many names touted by our drinkers as a potential replacement for Caixinha, he’s remained coy on the matter as he prepares to lead his country into a World Cup qualification Play-Off against Switzerland. Insisting it’s just speculation, he claims his focus on just trying to make it to Russia 2018.
Made 28/1 on Sky Bet, he certainly would be an interesting option, currently living in Scotland.
‘It’s (speculation) constantly been there but it’s not something that I pay much attention to. My attention is here and trying to get my country to a World Cup finals”, he said.
‘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.’
O’Neil would be a good option for Rangers, having proven he can get a team playing better than the sum of their parts. However, the idea of tempting him away before a potential World Cup journey with his club may be an unrealistic one, so they’ll need to see what happens against Switzerland.