After Michael Beale’s sacking late on Sunday night the Rangers board are searching for their 10th manager in the last 9 years.
Here PLZ soccer will take a deep dive into the bookies favourites to become the next Rangers boss.
(All odds correct as of 17:00 on 03/10/23)
Frank Lampard – 11/4
The bookies favourite is the former Chelsea, Everton and Derby manager Frank Lampard. Lampard’s coaching career has been short but sweet. He guided Derby county to the English Championship play-offs in his first season at the club. His side narrowly missed out on promotion after a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa at Wembley.
After the conclusion of the season Lampard was hired as the permanent Chelsea manager, returning to the club he made 648 appearances for as a player. Lampard guided Chelsea to 4th in the Premier league in his first season but a poor start to the 2021/2022 campaign on the back of major investment by the board ultimately lead him to lose his job.
After a year out of management Lampard secured his 3rd role in management taking over the struggling Everton. He took over the team sitting in 16th place in the Premier League just 4 points above the relegation places. Lampard managed to keep the club in the top flight of English football on the penultimate fixture of the season. But just under a year into the job he was fired after a poor run of results left the team once again in a relegation battle.
Lampard would return to Chelsea on an interim basis last season to fill the vacant role after the club sacked of Graham Potter but only managed to win 1 of his 11 games in charge.
Kevin Muscat – 11/4
The former Rangers player is another name high on the list to be the next permanent boss at Ibrox.
The Australian is currently the manager of Yokohama F Marinos in Japan. He replaced Ange Postegoglu after his appointment as Celtic manager back in July 2021.
Muscat went on to win the J1 league in Japan in his first season in charge and his side sit in 2nd place in the league this season just 4 points behind Vissel Kobe. His managerial career consists of two other teams, the first being the Australian side Melbourne victory. Muscat finished his playing career at the club while being a playing assistant manager.
He did this for 3 seasons learning from managers like Ernie Merrick and Ange Postecoglou before taking over the reigns in the 2013/2014 season. In his first full season in charge Muscat lead the club to premiership-championship double.
In 2017, Muscat left Melbourne Victory to join up with Ange Postecoglou and be part of the coaching set up for the Australian National team.
3 years later Muscat took over the Belgium side Sint-Truidense but only lasted 6 months due to poor results.
Pascal Jansen – 4/1
Pascal Jansen comes in as the third favourite to succeed Michael Beale as Rangers boss.
He is currently the head coach of AZ Alkmaar who play in the first division of Dutch football.
Since taking over as first team manager back in 2020 Jansen is yet to win a domestic trophy but has had successes in the European competitions.
Guiding his side to victory in 5 out of 6 Europa conference league fixtures in the group stages. AZ advanced to the semi finals of the competition before being narrowly beaten by West Ham 3-1 on aggregate.
Derek McInnes – 7/1
McInnes is the only manager in the running with Scottish football experience.
The former Rangers player is the current manager of Kilmarnock FC. He took over at the Ayrshire side back in January of 2022 and has since led the club back to the Scottish Premiership after winning the championship title in his first season in charge.
Mcinnes has led to Kilmarnock to a positive start to the 2023/2024 campaign beating both Celtic and Rangers in the opening 7 fixtures on the back of a Scottish league cup semi final last year.
also enjoyed a successful spell at Aberdeen between 2013 to 2021, where he led the club to domestic success in the Scottish League Cup back in 2014 before finishing runners up in the league for 3 straight seasons.
Rangers are said to be taking careful consideration before appointing their new manager and no decision is set to be made before their league fixture against St Mirren on Sunday afternoon.