Rangers have ruled out Frank Lampard and Bodø/Glimt boss Kjetil Knutsen and focused firmly on Giovanni Van Bronkhorst, with unofficial confirmation ex-Rangers man and Milan and Napoli boss Rino Gattuso has also left the reckoning.
The new name to surface lately is former Southampton, Everton and Barca boss Ronald Koeman, but the 58-year old probably would be far from a popular appointment with fans given his questionable reputation both from his days at Goodison, plus his ignominious time at the Camp Nou.
No, it seems to be purely be a case of sorting the GVB stuff out ASAP, and as we reported yesterday, he and his camp were extremely positive about the initial negotiations and hopefully an announcement is imminent.
While Frank Lampard wouldn’t have been the worst candidate, we really didn’t favour a relative managerial rookie so soon after the last one. Yes, he did well with Derby, but his time at Stamford Bridge split Chelsea fans and there’s a reason he’s been out of work since. He reportedly turned down the Norwich job to replace Daniel Farke. He’s known to have a soft spot for Rangers, famously attending the Manchester final with his old man, but he’s not someone we feel is ready for Rangers.
As for Knutsen, absolutely no lie to say we had never heard of him, and a 55% win rate in his native Norway isn’t that thrilling. Not sure why his name was linked to this.
And Rino, well that’s understandable – he’s out of work, and has a reasonable managerial CV so far – one trophy with Napoli, and a popular figure with fans, but not said to be in the running here.
Which leaves us with Gio – the sooner something can be finalised the better, and we can get on with the new era under Rangers’ new boss.