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WRIGHT MAN FOR RANGERS.. OR THE IFA; Tommy 'perfect' for either job; GIVE TOM A CHANCE!

Byline: CRAIG SWAN

BRENDAN RODGERS last night insisted Tommy Wright is perfect for Rangers - and also a stand-out candidate for Northern Ireland.

Wright is the No1 target for IFA chiefs if current manager Michael O'Neill - who is believed to have turned down Sunderland - opts to quit and accept an SFA offer to take charge of Scotland.

Celtic boss Rodgers is adamant the 54-year-old tailor-made for that role as he said: "Tommy would be perfect for Northern Ireland if Michael moved on.

"He'd be absolutely brilliant. He's one who has earned his stripes at St Johnstone in terms of the work he has done there to make them competitive.

"Like the Rangers job, for me, Derek McInnes and him would be stand-outs.

"But I really hope he gets the chance given the work he has done to do it on a bigger stage, wherever that is."

Rodgers (left) is not in the slightest bit surprised SFA bosses are on the hunt for O'Neill. The 48-year-old worked miracles to get the Northern Irish to the Euro 2016 Finals and within a whisker of making Russia 2018.

Rodgers insists O'Neill should be given time before choosing his next career path and said: "There are a number of candidates who can do the job but it is about what Michael wants to do.

"If you look at the Scotland squad, it is an exciting group of players there that could go forward."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Nov 17, 2017
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