Stuart McCall’s chances of one day taking over at Glasgow Rangers appear to have been damaged after the former Gers favourite resigned from his post with Motherwell following a run of five straight defeats.
This sharp decline in fortunes has been reflected by Ladbrokes with Rangers now a distant 25/1 with the bookmaker to be the 50-year-old’s next club, in the wake of this notable career set-back.
Speculation continues to surround the future of current manager Ally McCoist, with the Gers boss under pressure to deliver promotion and a return to the Scottish Premiership come the end of the summer.
Gennaro Gattuso has already been priced at 16/1 to be the next Rangers manager, should McCoist depart the club, despite leaving and then rejoining OFI Crete in Greece.
And many would have labelled McCall as a dark horse for the job in such circumstances, given the history he has with the Ibrox side and the success he enjoyed during four years at the ‘Well.
McCall played 265 times for Rangers from 1991 to 1998, helping the team to six Scottish Premier Division titles, three Scottish Cups and a further two Scottish League Cups during a memorable period in the club’s history.
As manager of Motherwell, he helped the club reach the final of the Scottish Cup in 2011 and delivered back-to-back runners-up finishes in the Scottish Premiership over the previous two seasons.
He decided to walk away after Friday night’s defeat to St Johnstone – the club’s fifth in a row – and a ninth defeat in 12 top-flight games.
During his time with the ‘Well, McCall turned down an approach from Sheffield United and despite the Blades enjoying notable success under Nigel Clough in League One at present, the Yorkshire side are the 8/1 favourites to be the 50-year-old’s next club.
Bradford City – a team McCall has both played for and managed previously – are 10/1 to be his next club, while Everton are the big outsiders in the market at a whopping 100/1.
His chance of stepping into the Rangers hotseat may not be over but Ladbrokes’ prognosis is far from good.
All odds and markets correct as of the date of publishing
Fancy a flutter? Sign up today to claim up to £100 in free bets.