'Stand-out candidate ' - BT presenter claims title-winning boss is ideal fit for Rangers vacancy
By James Black
BT Sport presenter Darrell Currie insists former Rangers star Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the “stand-out candidate” to replace Pedro Caixinha as Ibrox manager.
Van Bronckhorst – who won the Champions League as a player with Barcelona – is currently Feyenoord manager and last season led the Dutch giants to their first Eredivisie title since 1999.
The Dutchman’s odds to replace Caixinha were recently slashed although there’s been no official movement by Rangers to speak to anyone over the role.
Currie believes van Bronckhorst’s previous time with Rangers and the work he has done with Feyenoord make him the obvious choice for the Ibrox giants.
“In my eyes Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the stand-out candidate for the Rangers job because of his links with the club and the job he’s done at Feyenoord,” Currie said, as quoted by the Daily Star.
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“It might not be going so well for him this season but I think he’s shown enough that if Rangers can afford to move for him they should.
“Whether he would be interested in coming back to Ibrox is another question entirely but I think he would be a good fit and it’s imperative the club make the right appointment.”
Van Brockhorst played for the Gers between 1998 and 2001 and lifted two Scottish titles, two Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup during a trophy-laden spell in Glasgow.
The 42-year-old spent four years as assistant manager at Feyenoord under Ronald Koeman and Fred Rutten before taking the manager’s job in his own right in 2015.
A Dutch Cup win in his first season in charge was followed up with a first league title in 18 years as van Bronckhorst made a fantastic start to life as a manager.
This season things haven’t gone so well with Feyenoord sixth in the table and trailing leaders PSV Eindhoven by a massive 12 points.
In other Rangers team news, Fabio Cardoso has returned to training after suffering a nose injury