By Alex Stevens

Barry Ferguson is regarded as the favourite to become the club’s new first-team coach despite nine-in-a-row legend John Brown emerging as a shock contender, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim Rangers striker Kenny Miller, 37 and Ibrox icons Ferguson, 39, and ‘Bomber’ Brown, 55, are the three men in the frame.

It is said new manager Pedro Caixinha was due to meet with the candidates for talks on Monday and Tuesday as he closes in on the appointment of a No3.

Former Rangers defender Brown is in the running after three years away from football following his departure from Dundee, where he had been manager for a year up until February 2014.

In a fresh twist, he has been recommended to Caixinha as someone he should interview for the post, but the Scottish Sun report that former midfielder Ferguson is the No1 contender to return to the club where he had great success during his playing days.

Forward Miller, who wants to continue playing next season, is now regarded as an outside candidate to join the new-look management team.

Ferguson, Brown and Miller all have strong Rangers connections, enjoying lengthy spells at the club as well as strong rapports with supporters.

Caixinha has made it clear he wants the first-team coach to be a bridge between his Portugese backroom team and the club, someone with vast knowledge of Scottish football as well as the inner workings of Ibrox.

It has been widely reported that Helder Baptista is expected to be confirmed as Caixinha’s No2, with Jose Belman poised to replace axed Jim Stewart as the goalkeeping coach.

Caixinha will now look to add a fourth member of the backroom staff who knows the the Scottish game inside out.

Caixinha had a memorable first game in charge last weekend, as Rangers demolished Hamilton 4-0 in the Scottish Premiership at Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.

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