BBC pundit Kris Commons claims Rangers can't afford Michael O'Neill, touted for Ibrox job this week

Kris Commons of Celtic is challenged by Paul Dixon of Dundee United during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Dundee United FC at Tannadice Park on January 15,...

Rangers are being linked with a move to bring Michael O'Neill to Ibrox.

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,...

Pundit and former Celtic playmaker Kris Commons has told BBC Sport's Sportsound that he thinks Rangers can't afford to appoint Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill as their new manager.

Rangers sacked manager Pedro Caixinha last month after just seven months in the job, and they remain in pursuit of a new manager three weeks on from his departure.

Graeme Murty's second caretaker stint of 2017 has started well with two wins from two games, but other managers are being strongly touted for the job - and a new name has been added to the race this week.

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...

The Telegraph claim that Rangers hold an interest in landing Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill, who is expected to leave his post after six years in the job.

The 48-year-old has worked wonders with Northern Ireland, leading them to the 2016 European Championships, but their attempts to reach the 2018 World Cup came up short with a play-off defeat to Switzerland.

O'Neill is now faced with tricky decisions; he could stay on with Northern Ireland, head into international management with another country - with Scotland keen - or go back to club football for the first time since leaving Shamrock Rovers in 2011.

Kris Commons of Celtic is challenged by Paul Dixon of Dundee United during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Dundee United FC at Tannadice Park on January 15,...

With Rangers allegedly keen, ex-Celtic playmaker and current pundit Kris Commons has offered his view - but he has effectively written off the Gers' chances of winning the race for O'Neill.

Commons told BBC Sport's Sportscene that he doesn't think Rangers can afford O'Neill, and simply doesn't believe that the Gers simply don't have the resources to land any top-class manager right now, as they would have better offers elsewhere.

"I don’t think they can afford him," said Commons. "It’s down to resources. And I don’t think the resources or money are there to offer a top-class manager the money they’d get elsewhere."

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