By James Black
Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has backed former team-mate Giovanni van Bronckhorst to take over at Rangers – and believes the Feyenoord boss would make a great choice for the Ibrox giants.
The ex-Rangers midfielder is second-favourite with Skybet to replace Pedro Caixinha as Rangers manager – van Bronckhorst’s former Ibrox colleague Derek McInnes is favourite – and Parlour revealed the Dutchman held the Gers in high regard after his move to Arsenal.
Van Bronckhorst is one of a number of managers who have been linked with the vacancy at Rangers after Caixinha was dismissed after only 229 days in charge at Ibrox.
The Light Blues are currently six points off Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic and Parlour thinks the challenge of fighting with Celtic could be an ideal challenge for the 42-year-old.
“As a player he was a very intelligent guy when he first came to Arsenal.
“He knows Rangers, he’s played for Rangers.
“When he came to Arsenal he had high praise [for] Rangers, he said it was a great club, well run, fantastic people, and I’m sure if he got the opportunity that could be a really good job.
“He could go to try and compete with Celtic again.
“They’ll have to have quite a bit of money to spend, maybe, [in] the transfer market, to bring in some players he knows.
“Maybe he looks at Holland and says I know a lot of players in Holland now, I’ve been a manager here.
“There’s a lot of players who could probably step up and go and play for Rangers.”
Van Bronckhorst spent three years at Ibrox as a player between 1998 and 2001, winning two Scottish titles, two Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup.
The 107-times capped midfielder moved to Arsenal for £8.5million and won a Premier League title before heading for Barcelona.
The Dutchman won two La Liga titles during his time at the Catalan giants before lifting the Champions League in 2005/06.
After returning to his first club Feyenoord, van Bronckhorst retired as a player and went into coaching – having a spell with the Dutch national set up before once again returning to Rotterdam to join Feyenoord.
Van Bronckhorst then spent four years as assitant manager before taking charge as manager and winning Dutch Cup in his first season before securing Feyenoord’s first title since 1999 the following year.