Former Reading and Aston Villa boss Steve Clarke is being tipped to become the new manager of Rangers before the start of next season.

The 54-year-old Scot spent just under a year in charge at The Madejski Stadium while he was caretaker manager of Aston Villa for a short spell in October 2016, although it should be noted that he never actually took charge of a competitive fixture.

Clarke has since been managing in the Scottish Premiership with unfashionable club Kilmarnock and he has successfully guided Killie to fifth place in the league table. The Ayrshire club have won all of their last five league fixtures and according to the latest odds provided by English Football League sponsors Sky Bet, Clarke is the 3/1 joint favourite to be in charge of Glasgow giants Rangers at the start of next season.

Current Rangers boss Graeme Murty has won just one of his last four fixtures and only has the job until the end of the season. Club chairman Dave King has failed to back the former full-back for the job on a permanent basis leading to Dutchman Frank de Boer and Kilmarnock boss Clarke being linked with the job.

During his time at Reading, Clarke won 35.8% of his matches in charge and guided the club to a first major semi-final for 88 years in the FA Cup. He later worked as an assistant to Roberto Di Matteo at Aston Villa before taking up a caretaker role following the former Chelsea midfielder’s sacking.

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