By Emma Sanders

Birmingham City have targeted Rangers recruitment chief Frank McParland as a candidate for the director of football position, according to a report.

The Daily Record claim the Gers’ senior figure is wanted by Birmingham to pair up with new manager Gianfranco Zola in the Championship.

The English club believe McParland can be the key man to help Birmingham achieve promotion to the Premier League after their shock sacking of Gary Rowett.

McParland has turned heads in England after impressive work as part of the recruitment staff at Rangers and was crucial to bringing big-name summer signings Nico Kranjcar, Joe Dodoo, Jordan Rossiter and Joey Barton to the club.

He is highly-valued by the Scottish giants and Mark Warburton is believed to want him to stay but has already had to fend off similar interest this season.

Newcastle offered a similar deal for McParland earlier this season but he turned them down and the report suggests he is unlikely to join Birmingham, with the circumstances relatively unchanged.

McParland is a crucial part of Rangers success given their small transfer budget compared to a number of top European clubs and it’s important he stays if the Gers hope to make up some of the gap Celtic have begun to build in recent years.

Already he has identified a number of successful stars and some of the club’s best players have been brought under his talent-spotting, including Josh Windass and Matt Crooks.

In other Rangers news, Mark Warburton claims this fringe player needs to bide his time.