By Matt Farr
Former Rangers defender Bert Konterman believes that the Scottish club could land their own Pep Guardiola if they appoint Frank de Boer as their new manager.
Konterman admitted to the Daily Record that hiring de Boer would see them acquire a man who knows the game inside-out, and his experience and in-depth knowledge could rival the former Barcelona and current Manchester City boss.
De Boer is one of a host of names that have been linked with the vacant managerial post at Ibrox, after Mark Warburton was dismissed from his post on Friday evening – albeit in rather controversial circumstances.
The Dutchman is already familiar with the club, having represented the Scottish giants as a player in 2004, and is viewed as an excellent choice by several key Ibrox figures, including Konterman.
Konterman also experienced life at Ibrox as a player, representing the club between 2000 and 2003.
The 46-year-old insists the de Boer’s contacts from his time as manager at both Ajax and Inter Milan, as well as from his illustrious playing career, could be a great asset to Rangers.
He told the Record: “Frank has been to several big clubs and has a network of contacts built up because of where he worked.
“He worked at Barcelona, he worked at Inter Milan, he worked at Ajax. That is naturally a big plus because being able to have connections inside these major clubs is huge for any manager.
“He also worked with the younger players at Ajax and you see a similar situation of how this can work with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
“He knows his strong points and his weak points and, when you recognise that as a player and can take it into management, you find good colleagues to come in beside you and compliment your skills.”
If Rangers decide to approach de Boer as their next manager, they are likely to have to wait until the summer to do a deal.
De Boer is currently unemployed following his dismissal from Inter Milan in November, but his brother, Ronald, recently stated that he would not be looking to start a new challenge mid-way through the season, and would only consider offers in the summer.
However, there appears to be genuine interest from de Boer’s side, and if Rangers are happy to stick with current caretaker boss Graeme Murty until the end of the season, then the Dutchman remains a very likely option.
In other Rangers news, Chris Sutton has delivered his verdict on the ongoing Mark Warburton saga.