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30th Oct, 2017 | 2:37pm

'Could do a lot worse' - Barton responds to reported Rangers link with Sky Sports pundit

By James Black

Joey Barton has responded to Alan Pardew being linked with the manager’s job at Rangers – and questioned if the 56-year-old would take it.

Pardew was linked with a move to Ibrox on Monday with the Daily Mail claiming that the former Crystal Palace boss has held “tentative talks” with the Rangers board.

Rangers are looking for only the 17th manager in their 145-year history after sacking Pedro Caixinha last week after only seven months in charge.

Pardew is currently working as a pundit for Sky Sports after leavig Selhurst Park last December.

Barton was asked by a fan what he though of the claims and if he thought Pardew would be a good fit for the Ibrox club.

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“Could do a lot worse,” Barton said in a Tweet on his personal Twitter account.

“Good manager.

“Would he take it though?”

Pardew has also managed Newcastle United, Southampton, West Ham, Charlton and Reading in his near 20-year managerial career.

Derek McInnes is the current bookies’ favourite to replace Caixinha after his sacking on Thursday.

Aberdeen boss McInnes is no stranger to Rangers after spending five years with the Gers between 1995-2000.

Reports on Monday claimed that Aberdeen will be willing to allow McInnes to discuss a move to Ibrox if the Rangers board stump up £1.5million in compensation.

With the Gers apparently looking for a British manager with experience of the Scottish game, McInnes looks like the top pick after being overlooked when the Light Blues opted to appoint Caixinha.

In other Rangers news, fans have reacted on Twitter to this 58-year-old’s interest in replacing Caixinha.

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