Mark Warburton's Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers drew on Sunday.
Newcastle United are top of the Championship by three points.
Kirkland played under the Aston Villa manager for just under two seasons.
Chelsea kept up their run of good form by dismantling Everton 5-0 at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.
Norwich City's defence will be a key area of concern for Alex Neil, and they should consider a move for West Ham United youngster Reece Oxford in January.
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur played out a 1-1 draw in the North London derby on Sunday.
The forward has been in impressive form for Liverpool.
West Ham United failed to win against Stoke City in the Premier League at the weekend.
Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 with Arsenal yesterday, and Mauricio Pochettino refuted claims that he copied Chelsea's tactics.
Table toppers Newcastle United face in form Leeds United in a fortnight.
Steve McClaren did not expect to be here again.
Mauricio Pochettino has trumpeted the impact of his “plan B” at Tottenham Hotspur, which features a rejigged midfield, and warned established names such as Eric Dier that they are not guaranteed starting places. The manager switched from his usual 4-2-3-1 to play 4-1-4-1 before the international break and Spurs enjoyed wins over Middlesbrough, CSKA Moscow and Manchester City.
Slaven Bilic has denied that West Ham United are planning to send Simone Zaza back to Juventus in January following the on-loan striker’s underwhelming start to life in England.