By support

30th Oct, 2017 | 4:45pm

'He's been very successful' - Michael Stewart delivers verdict on new reported Rangers candidate

By James Black

Former Scotland midfielder Michael Stewart says he “can understand” why Alan Pardew has been linked with the vacant Rangers managers’ job.

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.

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

Four-times capped Stewart thinks the 56-year-old could be a good choice for Rangers but admits that Pardew has a spotty track record.

“We’ve seen that name mentioned,” Stewart said in a Facebook Live video by BBC Scotland.

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

“He’s certainly one who’s had a colourful past with mixed fortunes.

“He’s been very successful relative to the club he’s been at, at times, but then also there have been big drop offs and not-so-much success as well.

“I can understand why he’s being mentioned as he’s out of work at the moment. Time will tell.”

Derek McInnes is the bookies’ favourite to replace Pedro Caixinha after the Portuguese was sacked by Rangers on Thursday.

The Aberdeen boss was overlooked by the Gers when they appointed Caixinha in March -although it looks like this time McInnes is Rangers’ first-choice.

According to a report on Monday, the Aberdeen board will be willing to let McInnes speak to the Gers if they meet their £1.5million valuation.

McInnes is no stranger to Rangers after spending five years at Ibrox as a player between 1995-2000.

Under-20’s boss Graeme Murty has been put in temporary charge of the Ibrox first-team for the second time in 2017 and led the side the a 3-1 win over Hearts at the weekend.

We’ve launched a << BREAKING NEWS FEED>> exclusively for your club. ‘Like Us’ on Facebook by clicking here if you want 24/7 updates on all Rangers breaking news.