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11th Dec, 2017 | 9:07am

Arthur Numan: I can't see Rangers appointing fan favourites as next manager

Former Rangers star Arthur Numan has admitted he “can’t see” Giovanni van Bronckhorst or Frank de Boer being named as Pedro Caixinha’s successor in the Ibrox hotseat.

The Dutch pair have both been named by supporters as the calibre of candidate they would like to see replace Caixinha but Numan doesn’t think the time is right for either to return to Glasgow.

The Ibrox side sacked Caixinha on October 26th before being turned down by number one target Derek McInnes and have been forced to leave interim manager Graeme Murty in charge until the end of the year.

Numan admits that he hasn’t spoken to either of his compatriots about the Ibrox vacancy but thinks the club’s circumstances are such that it makes it unlikely de Boer or van Bronckhorst will be paraded at Ibrox any time soon.

“I believe some Rangers supporters would want to see Gio van Bronckhorst or Frank de Boer taking over,” Numan said, as quoted by the Sunday Post.

“But I just can’t see that happening just now.

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“I haven’t spoken to them about it. But, with all respect, I can’t see them returning to Ibrox at this stage.

“If this was happening 15 or 20 years ago, then I could see Gio or Frank in charge.”

Frank de Boer was most recently Crystal Palace boss but was sacked after only four games in charge.

The Dutchman had previously won an unprecedented four Dutch titles in a row with Ajax before an unsuccessful stint at Italian giants Inter Milan.

Van Bronckhorst is the current Feyenoord boss and let the Rotterdam giants to their first title since 1999 last season.

Numan was a team-mate of both for the Dutch national side and played alongside van Bronckhorst at Ibrox for several season.

De Boer moved to Rangers a year after Numan retired from playing in 2003.

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