Rangers could miss out on Tony Pulis as their new manager as the 59-year-old is set for a stunning return to Premier League strugglers Stoke City, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claims that Pulis is in line to replace Stoke boss Mark Hughes after Potters fans turned on the manager during the weekend defeat to West Ham United.

Pulis has previously had two stints in charge at Stoke and is still a popular figure among staff and supporters at the Bet365 Stadium.

Hughes could be sacked this weekend if Stoke lose to West Brom opening the door for Pulis to make an emotional return to the club he left in 2013.

The Mirror has recently reported that Pulis is gaining a lot of support among the Ibrox chiefs to become the permanent successor to Pedro Caixinha and the ex-West Brom boss has been talking highly of the Glasgow club in a recent interview.

However, according to this recent major development, it seems that the Gers board would have to move quick to hire the former Premier League boss if they want to snap him up.

Rangers have been looking for a new manager since sacking Caixinha 54 days ago and have had Under-20’s head coach Graeme Murty in charge of the first-team while they search for Caixinha’s successor.

Since sacking Caixinha, Rangers have won six of their nine games under Murty and face Kilmarnock on Saturday before a trip to Celtic Park for the second Old Firm of the season on December 30th.

The Gers are currently third in the Scottish Premiership and trail leaders Celtic by five points with second-place Aberdeen two points further back.

In other Rangers news, Football Insider looks at three players Tony Pulis must sign if he is appointed as Gers boss.

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