Dougie Freedman bursts in contention for the Rangers job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 21 February 2017, 10:27

Dougie Freedman has burst into contention in the Next Rangers Manager Market after bookmakers Sky Bet slashed his odds from 25/1 down to just 6/1, behind former Gers boss Alex McLeish and caretaker Graeme Murty, who are both a best-priced 3/1 with Bet Victor.

Rangers have been on the hunt for a new manager since Mark Warburton’s departure just over a week ago.

Murty has been the man at the helm since Warbuton’s exit, beating Morton in the cup, before losing to Dundee in the SPL, leaving the club six points adrift of 2nd placed Aberdeen in the table, and a staggering 30 adrift of rivals Celtic.

Murty has no managerial experience to speak of but he knows the players well - he was previously in charge of the Development Squad - and could well be the man to lead the Glasgow giants until the end of the season.

McLeish has been cemented to the top echelons of the market ever since Warburton vacated his post. The Scot previously led Rangers to back-to-back titles, a hat-trick of League Cups, and two Scottish Cups during a four-and-a-half-year tenure, while he’s been out-of-work since leaving Egyptian side Zamalek back in May.

Freedman’s sudden appearance in the betting has turned a few heads. The 42-year-old’s presence is somewhat of a surprising one given that he’s been out of the dugout for nearly a year since leaving Nottingham Forest, with whom he was once again linked with last month.

Freedman’s win percentage from three spells at Forest, Bolton and Crystal Palace averages out at just 34%, while he lost more games than he won at the City Ground. A return to management with Rangers would undoubtedly be a surprising one, and it’s difficult to envision the club taking such a risk at this point in time.

Other names in the mix include former Crystal Palace gaffer Alan Pardew, Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes, and Frank de Boer.

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