Rangers

By Matt Farr

Former Rangers forward Peter Lovenkrands claims that the club must first look to appoint a new manager before turning to a director of football.

Rangers have made it clear they do not intend to rush into making any decision after embarking on a meticulous scavenger hunt to fill both positions simultaneously.

However, speaking to the Express, Lovenkrands insists that his former club have their priorities all wrong.

Ibrox chiefs are currently in London and are set to continue the interview process on Tuesday, but the 37-year-old believes the club needs a new manager in place as soon as possible.

He said: “It is a tough situation. Right now the main thing should be to get the manager and coaches in place. That should be sorted first, then they should have a look at taking in a sporting director.”

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Graeme Murty is currently in charge of first-team affairs on an interim basis, following the dismissal of Mark Warburton earlier this month, but the Under-20’s coach has struggled to halt the slide down the table.

Rangers were defeated by Dundee at the weekend, a catastrophic result which saw them slip six points behind second-placed Aberdeen, and 30 behind rivals Celtic.

The ex-Denmark international also offered his verdict on the candidates in the running to become Warburton’s successor, naming Frank de Boer as the ideal choice.

Lovenkrands played alongside de Boer at Ibrox in 2004, and firmly believes that he would be a ‘fantastic addition’, but admitted that he would be reluctant to join Rangers at this moment in time.

De Boer opted to join Inter Milan midway through the current campaign, but paid the ultimate price for his hastiness, and was dismissed from his post just three months into the job.

With just three months to go left in the current campaign, de Boer is not likely to make the same mistake again.

In other Rangers news, there is a shock new contender to be the next Rangers manager – no one saw this coming.

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