With Northern Ireland preparing new contract for O'Neill, should Rangers act fast or look elsewhere?

General view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers need a new permanent manager and they have been linked with Michael O'Neill.

Michael O'Neill, Manager of Northern Ireland looks dejected following the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg between Switzerland and Northern Ireland at St. Jakob-Park on...

According to Sky Sports News, Northern Ireland are preparing to offer improved terms to their manager Michael O'Neill, after the 48-year-old led the country to the World Cup play-offs before their heartbreaking elimination against Switzerland earlier this month. So should alleged suitors Rangers act quickly or look elsewhere?

After all, a recent report from the Telegraph claimed Rangers are seriously considering O'Neill to replace Pedro Caixinha at Ibrox, but they face a battle if he decides he has unfinished business with a Northern Ireland side that came tantalisingly close to next summer's World Cup in Russia.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off first leg between Northern Ireland and Switzerland at Windsor Park on November 9, 2017 in Belfast,...

Rangers would no doubt be an enticing prospect for O'Neill, who has been in charge of his country for the last six years, but the Ibrox board may have to deliver quite the charm offensive to ensure they get their man.

The problem for Rangers could be the raw feelings currently felt by the former Shamrock Rovers boss, who will not want to leave his current job after such a cruel blow.

A general view during the Scottish Communities League Cup First Round Match between Glasgow Rangers and East Fife at Ibrox Stadium on August 7, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Perhaps with the right approach Rangers could tempt him to move. After all, the prospect of mounting a serious challenge to Celtic and ultimately usurping Brendan Rodgers' side could be an enticing one.

But if O'Neill is hellbent on remaining in his current role - and on improved terms - for a while longer, Rangers need to ensure they get another candidate in as soon as possible, be that interim boss Graeme Murty or someone else entirely.

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