Kevin Thomson in action for Rangers (Reuters)

Rangers coach Kevin Thomson is being “targeted” by League Two new boys Kelty Hearts to replace Ibrox icon Barry Ferguson as manager, according to a report.

After Ferguson’s surprise departure to join Alloa Athletic, ambitious Kelty are looking for a new manager and the Rangers B head coach is, according to the Scottish Sun, among the front runners.

Thomson has built up an impressive reputation as a coach, working his way through the Academy sides at Ibrox before taking the reins of the B team.

The former Rangers, Hibs, Dundee and Middlesbrough midfielder has spoken in the past of his ambition to become a manager in his own right – but a looming decision from the Lowland League could hand him that chance without leaving Ibrox.

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If it is given the approval expected, that could see Thomson managing in the same league Ferguson has just won with Kelty.

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At only 36, Thomson should have a long career in coaching but with Rangers potentially having a team in the Lowland League next season, it would make sense for him to stay at Ibrox a while longer.

A season or two in charge of the Gers youngsters in a competitive league has the potential to really boost his reputation further – and even see him in the frame for jobs higher up the league ladder.

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