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6th Nov, 2017 | 8:13am

Contact made: Rangers make surprise breakthrough in manager search - report

By James Black

Rangers have made contact with former England manager Steve McClaren as they look to step up their efforts to replace Pedro Caixinha, according to a report.

The Sun claim that the Ibrox board have made a breakthrough and approached McClaren with a view to holding talks with him this week about a “surprise appointment” to become the Ibrox side’s 17th permanent manager.

The Gers dismissed Caixinha almost two weeks ago after sliding to fourth in the Scottish Premiership table.

McClaren is currently working in Israel with Maccabi Tel Aviv as a consultant after pulling out of the running to replace Ian Cathro at Hearts recently.

Rangers had been expected to move for Derek McInnes to replace Caixinha at Ibrox however, the Sun claim the 54-times Scottish champions could be reluctant to make a move for McInnes due to the Aberdeen board’s compensation demands of £750,000.

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It is understood that McClaren won’t cost any compensation to release him from his role with Tel Aviv, but he would demand a big salary.

Rangers Under-20’s boss Graeme Murty has been put in interim charge following Caixinha’s sacking after only 229 days in charge and the former Scotland defender has already picked up two wins from two in his latest stint in temporary charge.

McClaren’s recent history as a manager won’t make good reading for Rangers fans with sacking at Newcastle, Derby (twice) and Wolfsburg and resignations at Nottingham Forest and Twente.

In other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.

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