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Former Barcelona star now second-favourite to take over as Rangers manager

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has been the odds-on favourite to take over as Rangers manager since the day after Pedro Caixinha left the club - but now into second favourite is an ex Arsenal and Barcelona star.

McInnes' odds had dipped as low as 1/5 but are now back up to 4/9, according to Paddy Power. Racing through from nowhere to 10/3 second-favourite is the club's former midfielder Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The 42-year-old is currently in charge of Feyenoord, where he began his playing career in 1993. Van Bronckhorst played for Rangers between 1998 and 2001, winning back to back doubles before moving to Arsenal, where he won the Premiership title. He then transferred on to Barcelona in 2003 and won two La Liga titles in over 100 appearances for the Spanish giants.

Still the favourite though is Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes. The Scot has led the Dons to three consecutive runners-up finishes, a League Cup trophy and the club also reached two cup finals last season. He signed a three-year contract in the summer after rejecting Sunderland’s advances but reports have claimed that McInnes and his assistant Tony Docherty could be released from their contracts for £800,000.

Caretaker manager Graeme Murty at 12/1. Northern Irish boss Michael O'Neill is in to 16/1 while former Ballymena United and current St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright is out at 50/1. He had been considered amongst the front-runners after Caixinha's departure.

Rangers have won their two matches since Caixinha left the club, beating Hearts 3-1 and Partick Thistle 3-0. The club are next in action when Hamilton visit Glasgow on Saturday November 18.

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