Following the resignation of caretaker boss Kenny McDowall, the door has been wedged open for William McIntosh Davies to take the Ibrox reigns.
Known simply as Billy to his mates, the former Nottingham Forest supremo is 6/4 to be the next permanent Gers manager and with a sheer dearth of alternatives, he looks well worth the money.
A Glasgow native, Davies kicked off his playing career with Scotland’s fallen giants and had been widely tipped to take over when it was first announced that Ally McCoist was vacating his seat at the helm.
Personal reasons prevented outbound McDowall from continuing in the role, so he can be ruled out entirely at 5/2, leaving just Terry Butcher (4/1) and Stuart McCall (7/1) as the only reputable names left at the head of the betting.
Next comes Dennis Wise at 9/1, but the notion is far too unrealistic and the price too short to be entertained, with the next batch of viable candidates rating as 20/1 shots.
Discounting McDowall, of the trio at the top of the market both Butcher and McCall’s managerial achievements rank as insignificant when measured up to Davies’.
Managing three English clubs – Preston North End, Derby and Nottingham Forest twice – he never failed to record a win percentage below 40.
This is made all the more impressive when it’s considered that he took charge of 356 games in English football.
In 2005 he came within a whisker of guiding Preston to the Premier League, losing the second-tier play-off final.
He took the club to the post-season semi-finals in 2005/06 too, confirming this was no fluke.
In his next job at Derby he achieved promotion in one season before departing after a handful of Premier League games by mutual consent.
Two spells at Forest weren’t quite so successful, but compared to Butcher, who committed career suicide by leaving his Inverness safe haven to relegate Hibs from the Scottish top flight and McCall, who spent almost four years ensuring established SP club Motherwell were never relegated, he is by some margin the stand out candidate.
So at 6/4, Davies can’t be ignored in the next Rangers boss betting market.