Forgotten Newcastle derby day loan hero Helder Cristovao linked to vacant Rangers job

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Helder Cristovao spent one season on loan at Newcastle United, scoring in a 2-2 draw with Sunderland, and is now being linked with Glasgow Rangers.

Portugal international and one-time Premier League defender Helder Cristovao has been linked to the vacant Rangers post.

The Daily Record reports that the 44-year-old, who currently manages Benfica's B team, could be a potential candidate for the Ibrox hot-seat.

Reports from the Portuguese press are cited by The Daily Record, though it remains debateable as to whether Cristovao is seen as a viable contender for the post.

His appointment would mark a remarkable return to English shores for the former defender, who spent a single season on loan at Newcastle United under Sir Bobby Robson.

During that time he successfully earned himself a place in Toon folklore after scoring in a thrilling 2-2 draw with local rivals Sunderland.

He may have failed to earn a permanent deal at St James' Park, but Helder still enjoyed a highly successful playing career.

Cristovao enjoyed two spells with Benfica as well as stints with Deportivo La Coruna and Paris Saint Germain.

He was also capped 35 times by Portugal, scoring three times for the national side, and appearing in all four of the team's matches at Euro '96.

Aside from the Benfica B job, Helder was also in charge of fellow Portuguese top-flight side Estoril back in 2009, but lasted just two months in the job.

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