ALAN PARDEW is a shock contender to become the new Rangers manager.
The 56-year-old has been out of work since he was sacked by Crystal Palace last December.
SunSport reported how he had rejected the opportunity to take over Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev last week.
Instead he had been favouring a return to management in the Premier League while filling his time working for Sky Sports.
However, the Daily Mail claim that Ibrox officials have already been in contact with his representatives to replace the sacked Pedro Caixinha at the Glasgow giants.
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is the No1 target of the Scottish Premiership side and would cost them £1m in compensation to nab him from Pittodrie.
Graeme Murty was handed the reigns as caretaker and led the Gers to a 3-1 victory over Hearts at Murrayfield on Saturday.
The club have received numerous applications from both home and abroad for the post.
But the board are determined to take their time in going through all the candidates before settling on a final shortlist and beginning the interview process.
One man not in the running for the job is Belgian Michel Preud’homme.
The ex-Standard Liege coach and Benfica technical director received an offer from Mechelen in his homeland last week.
He has kept them waiting on his decision while he waits to discover the answer from the Gers.
Preud’homme is believed to have been pushing Rangers for a response.
But chairman Dave King has made it clear to him that he will not be rushed as he takes his time in trying to secure the right man.