Preston boss Alex Neil linked with Rangers

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 17 April 2018, 09:30[

Preston manager Alex Neil has emerged as a contender for the Rangers job after bookmakers Bet Victor shredded the Scot’s odds from 25/1 down to 5/1.

Rangers, who were hammered 4-0 by rivals Celtic over the weekend, are widely expected to replace boss Graeme Murty in the summer.

Former Crystal Palace boss Frank de Boer was recently installed as the favourite in the re-opened Next Rangers Manager Market, with Kilmarnock gaffer Steve Clarke and the unemployed duo of Alan Pardew and Steve McClaren also touted as potential replacements, while 36-year-old Neil is the latest name to be pinged into the frame.

Neil began his managerial career in Scotland with Hamilton in 2013, with whom he led up to the SPL in his first full season at the helm.

The former Barnsley midfielder then ventured south of the border to Norwich mid-way through the 2014/15 season. The Canaries went on to win a whopping 17 of their remaining 25 games, and in the end sealed promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs, beating fierce rivals Ipswich along the way.

Neil’s Norwich suffered an instant return to the Championship, then the club sent him packing in March of the following season after 27 months in charge.

Neil returned to management with Preston last summer and is currently bidding to secure a second promotion up to the top-flight. At the time of writing the Lilywhites, who have been absent from the top-flight since 1961, are currently in 8th, three points off the top-6 with three games to go.

Back in April 2017 Neil, who has been linked with Rangers before, told The Scottish Sun:

“I never had anything from Rangers. It was all speculation.

“But I reckon I could do an Old Firm job. I’ve no doubts.

“Not that I’m touting myself. But do I believe I’m capable of it? Of course.”

As far as we are aware Neil, who signed a one-year rolling deal with Preston last summer, will be out of contract in the summer, meaning the club better act fast if they want to keep their man and swat away any reported interest.

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