By Alex Stevens
Alan Pardew has revealed on Sky Sports 1 that he was not approached by Rangers to become their new manager before the appointment of Pedro Caixinha.
Speculation was rife that Pardew was pursued by the Scottish giants to succeed Mark Warburton in the dugout.
At one point, the experienced Premier League manager was the bookmakers’ favourite to take over as Rangers manager and he was also spotted in the stands watching the 1-1 draw in the last Old Firm clash.
But former Newcastle, Crystal Palace, West Ham, Charlton, Reading and Southampton manager Pardew revealed on Sky Sports 1′ Goals on Sunday programme (23 April) that negotiations did not take place.
Pardew said: “I was literally going up there to watch an Old Firm game, I had never been to one before. Fantastic, I loved it.
“I went up to see Brendan, who is a friend of mine from our Reading days. I spent a couple of days at Celtic and went to the game.
“The speculation was around that time but, fortunately for me, the manager (Caixinha) got installed the weekend I was up there, so it put that to bed.
“I never spoke to them and there was no approach from them.”
The experienced Premier League manager made the revelation as he explained how Rodgers has made a big impact on the careers of the players at Parkhead this summer.
Celtic have domestically swept all before them, winning the Scottish Premiership in record time on the back of an unbeaten run as well as the Scottish League Cup.
The Hoops are eyeing the domestic treble and will move one step closer if they can beat bitter rivals Rangers in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.
Pardew is currently without a job after being axed by Palace earlier this season and replaced at the helm by former England manager Sam Allardyce.
The club’s fortunes have improved in recent weeks and they now appear well placed to avoid relegation from the Premier League.