Alan Brazil explains why Michael O'Neill cannot be Rangers manager amid Ibrox links

Alan Brazil of Ipswich Town in action during a match. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK

O'Neill is among the name being tipped to replace Pedro Caixinha at Rangers, three weeks since the Portuguese left Ibrox.

Alan Brazil of Ipswich Town in action during a match. \ Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK

Alan Brazil says Michael O'Neill cannot be appointed as Rangers manager after recent links to the vacant Ibrox post.

O'Neill, who is reportedly interesting Scotland and Sunderland too, could leave his position as Northern Ireland boss after their World Cup play-off defeat against Switzerland.

But Brazil, an open follower of Rangers' Glasgow rivals Celtic, insists the 48-year-old should not be considered by the Ibrox powers-that-be.

Discussing the latest odds on O'Neill's future, the Talksport host said on Thursday's Sports Breakfast show: "He can’t do the Rangers job - strike him off your list.

Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neill reacts after the FIFA football World Cup 2018 European play-off draw, on October 17, 2017 in Zurich.

"You cannot go from Shamrock Rovers to Rangers."

It is unclear however, whether Brazil's issue lies with O'Neill's lack of club management experience outside of Ireland, or the affiliation between Shamrock and Celtic, who share the same colours (green and white) and nickname (the Hoops), among other similarities.

Ian Durrant assistant manager of Rangers and Ally McCoist manager of Rangers both look on during the Rangers v St Johnstone - Scottish League Cup Quarter-Final at Ibrox Stadium on October...

Whatever his reasoning, Brazil's view is not shared by co-host Ally McCoist, the former Rangers player and manager, who added: "Course you can!"

O'Neill is under contract with Northern Ireland until 2020, meaning Rangers would have to pay a fee if they wish to appoint him as Pedro Caixinha's successor.

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