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Scottish Football Association make approach for Michael O'Neill

O'Neill has emerged as the leading contender to replace Gordon Strachan Credit: PA

The Scottish Football Association has made an official approach for Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, Press Association Sport understands.

O'Neill has emerged as the leading contender to replace Gordon Strachan after guiding his team to the second round of Euro 2016 and the recent World Cup play-offs.

The ball is now in the court of the Irish Football Association, which has O'Neill under contract until the end of the next European Championship campaign.


Mackay ruled out of vacant Scotland boss position

Mackay is set to take charge of Scotland for one game only. Credit: PA

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan has ruled Malky Mackay out of the running to be the next permanent Scotland manager.

Mackay was handed the reins on a caretaker basis after Gordon Strachan lost his job last month, but is set to return to his role as SFA performance director after facing Holland in a friendly.

Regan had already stated Mackay could not do both jobs on a longer-term basis but has now declared the former Cardiff manager will not be switching roles.

When asked if Mackay was a genuine contender, Regan told talkSPORT radio: "No, Malky and I have discussed this. He's got a big job on his hands, he's said that himself. He's been asked by the board to take charge for one game and that's what he's doing. He's very proud to lead his country."

Regan is in no hurry to find a long-term successor to Strachan, who departed despite being unbeaten in 2017 after Scotland finished third in their World Cup qualifying group.

"We have got a very long list of candidates, as you can imagine for an opportunity like this," he said.

"We don't have a competitive game until next September and therefore this is not something we need to rush into. We are going to take our time, we're going to consider the candidates and we're going to try to identify the person we believe can lead us to Euro 2020.

"There's lots of people that have put their name in the frame - out-of-work managers and a number of managers who are already under contract. We've had a lot of interest in the job.


Caixinha leaves Rangers after seven months in charge

Rangers have part company with manager Pedro Caixinha Credit: PA

Rangers have parted company with manager Pedro Caixinha, the club have announced.

The Rangers board took the decision to end his troubled seven-month reign after they met for talks in the wake of Wednesday night's 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock.

Under-20s boss Graeme Murty will resume caretaker duties for the second time this year when the Light Blues travel to Edinburgh to face Hearts on Saturday.

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