According to media reports in Portugal, former Newcastle United defender Helder Cristovao is under consideration for the manager’s job at Rangers.

The Portuguese international came to St James Park as a loan signing under Sir Bobby Robson and played a total of 12 matches.

His undoubted highlight was scoring in a derby match away at Sunderland, fellow defender Didier Domi had given Unted the lead before Helder added a second.

However, Kevin Phillips scored twice to give a final score of 2-2 back in February 2000.

Helder Crisovao was on loan from Deportivo La Coruna but also had two spells at Benfica, one before his short stay on Tyneside and one later.

Now coaching the Benfica second team, Helder is said to be a contender for that vacancy at Ibrox.

Rumours earlier this season had suggested that John Carver was a possibility for the Rangers job, as part of some kind of Mike Ashley orchestrated move in forging closer links between the two clubs, which had began with the loan of the five players from Newcastle to Rangers.

However, with the NUFC owner at war with the newly formed board at the Glasgow club, that would appear to be a non-starter now.

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