By James Black

Former Newcastle United and Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has been in contact with Rangers over replacing Pedro Caixinha as manager, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claim that Pardew’s representatives have held preliminary talks with the Ibrox board after recently turning down a move to Dynamo Kiev.

The 56-year-old has been working as a pundit for Sky Sports – and according to the report favours a return to the Premier League – but has now emerged as a surprise contender to replace Caixinha.

Pardew’s last job was as boss of Crystal Palace where he was sacked just before Christmas 2016 after a string of poor results.

The Glasgow giants sacked Caixinha after only seven months in charge after slipping to fourth in the Scottish Premiership table.

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Former Scotland international Graeme Murty has taken interim charge of the Gers for the second time in 2017 and led them to a 3-1 win over Hearts at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Derek McInnes is the bookies favourite to take charge at Rangers with reports suggesting the former Ibrox midfielder could be given permission to talk with the Gers board this week.

Other names in the running to take over at Ibrox include Sam Allardyce, Alex McLeish and Michel Preud’homme.

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

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