Norwich City manager Alex Neil is the favourite to become the next permanent Rangers boss, with Sky Bet giving the odds of 13/8 for the Scotsman to take control of the Gers.

Mark Warburton, who won promotion to the Scottish Premiership with Rangers last term, resigned from his job earlier this month and the Glasgow club are currently looking for a successor for the former Brentford boss. Graeme Murty was named caretaker manager but only found victory in one of the three fixtures since taking charge.

It now appears that Norwich’s Neil is a leading candidate for the job. After a disapponting period over October and November saw Neil almost lose his job, the Canaries are currently getting back on track in the Championship.

Rangers have identified their type of manager and stressed the importance of an emphasis on their academy talent development. Managing Director Stewart Robertson told the club website, “We also want someone who is going to allow us to take on the good work that’s been done in the Academy.

“They have to be good enough, but there’s no doubt that we have a good crop coming through and at under 16/17. There is a desire to bring someone in who will work closely with the Academy and to bring these lads through.

“Hopefully we will have someone who is here for a few years, that would be the preference, but you never know what is round the corner in life as we’ve seen recently.”

The Norwich boss has handed first-team appearances to youngsters Harry Toffolo, Josh Murphy and Ben Godfrey this season and may be keen on a move back to his home country. Neil managed Hamilton Academical before transferring to England.

Norwich are away to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday in a huge clash.

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