The odds have been slashed on Rangers appointing Derek McInnes as their new manager despite the club’s search appearing to stall, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.
Sky Bet priced the Aberdeen boss at 1/4 on Sunday morning to take over the reins at Ibrox following a sharp drop in his odds.
McInnes, 46, is the huge favourite to land the vacant post after Friday evening’s key development in which Rangers announced that they are sifting through candidates and were two weeks away from naming a successor to Pedro Caixinha.
Van Bronckhorst, who spent three trophy-laden years at Rangers from 1998 before joining Arsenal for £12million, was a rank outsider before leapfrogging previous second favourite Graeme Murty, who is now 7/1.
The three are a long way ahead of Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill, who is 18/1 in the betting.
There still appear a number of hurdles to Rangers securing McInnes despite his odds-on status with the bookies. It has been reported, including by ex-Ibrox midfielder Charlie Adam, that the £800,000 compensation clause in his Aberdeen contract is a problem for Rangers even though McInnes’ side have become the second best team in the country under his tenure, behind only the rampant force of Celtic. The smart money is on Rangers eventually paying up, as they wait for owner Dave King to release the funds. The delay is a mystery that has yet to be solved.