Forget Bomber Brown: This Ibrox hero is the perfect candidate for Rangers role
COMMENT By Matt Farr
The arrival of Pedro Caixinha to the club signals the beginning of a new era for Rangers, one where they will be looking to put an end to the reign of rivals Celtic as the unchallenged, dominant force in Scotland.
Rangers’ new chief has wasted precious little time in adapting the Ibrox resources to fit his long-term vision for the club, and the next item on the agenda is to appoint a first-team coach.
It is believed that Rangers have narrowed their search to three candidates – Barry Ferguson, John ‘Bomber’ Brown and Kenny Miller – but it is five-time Scottish champion Ferguson that is the ideal choice.
All three candidates have history with the club.
But what makes Ferguson, 39, the more attractive candidate than his rivals, is that he has been part of Rangers’ most recent success.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
First and foremost, Miller should be ruled out of the race because he should be continuing next season as an important Rangers player, and not a member of staff.
That leaves Ferguson and Brown in a potential head-to-head, but while Brown won nine consecutive Scottish Championship titles with Rangers, times have long since changed.
Rangers are no longer the dominant force of Scottish football. They have struggled to compete with Aberdeen for second place this season, and the gulf between them and Celtic is massive.
Even though a lot has changed since Ferguson quit the club at the end of the 2008-09 season, his more recent association with the club might make it easier for him to synchronise back into Ibrox life – at least compared to Brown.
Meanwhile, as a club captain, Ferguson’s leadership manifest and no-nonsense attitude could be invaluable in ensuring standards do not drop on the pitch.
Rangers have suffered this season through a series of below-par performances, but the fresh start under new management is likely to reap the rewards.
In other Rangers news, the club have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of a director of football.