Next Rangers manager – latest odds: Gerrard backed for return as Van Bronckhorst pressure grows, Beale & Lennon in mix | The Sun

STEVEN GERRARD is the favourite to make a sensational Ibrox return and replace under-fire Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The Rangers boss is facing mounting pressure after a string of underwhelming performances and heavy defeats in Europe.

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That scrutiny intensified over the weekend after another lacklustre display in the 1-1 draw with ten-man Livingston.

That followed a tame 1-0 win over Championship Dundee in midweek where they were booed off, with the previous home game being that 7-1 thumping by out of form Liverpool.

With a trip to high flying Napoli in midweek before Aberdeen visit Govan, it could be a telling week for the Dutchman's Rangers career.

And former boss Gerrard is the 2/1 favourite with Betfair to make a return to the Gers dugout.

Gerrard was sacked by Aston Villa last week after a poor start to the season, before the Villans ran out 4-0 winners over the weekend.

He was a fan favourite having delivered title number 55 which ended Celtic's 10 in a row bid at the final hurdle.

But that relationship turned sour when links to the Premier League arrived as he batted away questions on the Newcastle job.

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Weeks later, he quite Ibrox for Villa and took his staff with him.

That staff included Michael Beale who has had an excellent start to management life at QPR having quit Villa to take on his first job as the main man.

He was recently a target for Premier League side Wolves for their manager's vacancy.

He's the name many Gers supporters would like to see return and is second favourite at 4/1 to do so.

Gary McAllister was Gerrard's assistant at Ibrox and then at Villa Park before also being shown the door last week.

Might he want to go it alone? He's a 10/1 shot to replace Van Bronckhorst.

That's just behind Sean Dyche in the better, with the former Burnley boss still waiting to get his next role in the game.

Dyche has been linked with several Premier League and Championship jobs since leaving Turf Moor during the season last year.

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Betfair odds

  • Steven Gerrard – 2/1
  • Michael Beale – 4/1
  • Sean Dyche – 8/1
  • Gary McAllister – 10/1
  • Kjetil Knutsen – 12/1
  • Michael O'Neill – 14/1
  • Chris Wilder – 16/1
  • Neil Lennon – 33/1

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He might not be the answer to some of the Rangers faithful but is third favourite at 8/1.

Kjetil Knutsen is 12/1 with Betfair having also been linked with several of the same jobs as Dyche.

He's highly regarded for his work at Bodo/Glimt and has been single-figure prices for many of the Premier League vacancies that have emerged so far this season.

Ex-Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is 14/1 as he too plots his way back into management having left Stoke City earlier this season.

He is the Irish FA's number one choice to return as international manager, though.

Chris Wilder is 16/1 having left Middlesbrough.

But even Wilder than that, ex-Hoops boss Neil Lennon has also been quoted in the betting at 33/1.

Lennon was recently sacked by Omonia Nicosia despite his heroics in taking them to the Europa League and pushing Manchester United all the way in two group stage clashes – going down by a single goal in each.

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