TalkSport pundit Alan Brazil has claimed that Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has “firm interest” in returning to a role at Rangers.

The Premier League club’s chief has recently put the Magpies up for sale and the Guardian reported last month that Amanda Staveley’s Dubai-based financial advisory company PCP Capital Partners tabled a £300million bid for them.

However it is understood that Ashley has set an asking price at £400million before he would hand over the keys to St. James’ Park to Staveley.

Former Scotland international Brazil, who claims he has ties to some of Ashley’s associates, has now suggested that the the business would want to return to Ibrox in the future.

Ashley is a former shareholder of the Glasgow giants and wasn’t the most popular man among supporters.

However that hasn’t stopped Brazil from claiming that he would like another chance in the Ibrox boardroom.

“I can’t help but wonder whether Ashley might be ready to have another look at Rangers if he manages to punt Newcastle United,” he said on the Sunday Post website.

“That’s something Mike has been trying to do on and off for years, and now he has firm interest.

“I’m told there is still some way to go before a deal is reached, despite a second £300m offer from Amanda Staveley’s Middle East-backed PCP Capital Partners consortium.

“Ashley’s asking price for the Magpies is £400m, after all.”

He added: “However, if everything goes smoothly and Ashley pockets a tidy sum, it honestly wouldn’t shock me if he reappeared at Ibrox.”

In June of this year, Ashley sold his shares in Rangers to Club 1872 and Hong Kong-based investor Julian Wolhardt.

He held a nine per cent stake in the Ibrox club since 2014.

Rangers are currently on the hunt for a new manager, six weeks after Pedro Caixinha was sacked in October.

The Daily Record has reported that the Light Blues will make a move for Derek McInnes on Sunday and will aim to appoint him by next weekend.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have been handed a huge blow in their pursuit of this £1million duo.

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