BOOKIES differ on who should be favourite to succeed Mark McGhee at Aberdeen after he was sacked last night.

William Hill make former Celtic and Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan the 7-2 jolly but plump for 6-5 Billy Stark.

Both, like McGhee, are former Aberdeen stars but I can't see Strachan returning to the club for what would be a fraction of the salary he earned at the Riverside and Parkhead.

Stark, on the other hand, might jump at the chance to return to day-to-day management after just failing to guide Scotland to the European Championship finals.

His stock is high after doing a decent job with the kids and seeing many of his young guns promoted to the senior side.

I'll be having some of Hills' 4-1 on the former Celtic No.2 who has also managed St Johnstone, Morton and Queen's Park.

Others who feature high in the betting include ex-Hibs boss John Hughes and Inverness Caley Thistle manager Terry Butcher, whose side has just completed a year unbeaten away from home in the league.

But whether Dons fans accept an ex-Rangers hero at the helm is debatable in the current climate.

Hills outrights: 7-2 Strachan, 4-1 Stark, 9-2 Hughes, 5-1 Neil Simpson, 10-1 Gordon Chisholm, Gus MacPherson, Neale Cooper, Butcher, 12-1 Derek McInnes, Jimmy Calderwood, Jimmy Nicholl, John McGlynn, Steve Clarke, Stuart Baxter. outrights: 6-5 Stark, 5-1 Hughes, 6-1 McInnes, 7-1 Derek Adams, 10-1 Clarke, 12-1 McGlynn, Billy Reid, John Collins, 16-1 Mike Newell, Strachan, 20-1 Dean Windass.


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