Former Hearts midfielder Michael Stewart has given his view on possible Rangers managerial candidate Tony Pulis and believes the Welshman would be sure to make the Gers “competitive.”

After weeks of dragging their feet over an appointment, the Mirror claimed that Pulis, 59, is gaining support from the Ibrox boardroom to be the permanent successor to Pedro Caixinha, but it is understood that the former West Brom manager wants to take time off with his family over Christmas before considering a return to football.

The Gers are currently five points off leaders Celtic at the top of the table with second-placed Aberdeen three points ahead of Graeme Murty’s side and Stewart thinks Pulis would make the Ibrox side compete with the teams around them.

“Tony Pulis has been touted”, Stewart said on BBC Sportscene Extra’s Facebook Live broadcast.

“He certainly would make them competitive, that’s for sure.

“The big accusation is that Pulis’ teams are agricultural.”

Pulis has only been out of work since last month after a terrible start to the season with West Brom left the Baggies in a precarious position.

However the Welshman has a well-known record of proving himself to be a consistent performer of getting the best out of teams on a shoestring budget in England.

The Gers appointed Under-20’s head coach as interim boss before making a move to lure Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes to Ibrox.

When McInnes rejected the Gers’ advances at the start of December the Ibrox giants handed Murty the reins until January.

With Rangers having been looking at a £1million compensation bill for McInnes, that money could now be used instead to substantially increase the wages available for Pedro Caixinha’s long-term successor.

In other Rangers news, Jim Duffy has urged the Gers to appoint this 59-year-old as soon as possible.

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