“Keep it simple. Tricks are for the circus.”
Roy Makaay announced himself on Rangers fans with absolutely no nonsense, and his first quote was the above instruction to Ryan Kent, which supporters absolutely loved.
Of course, there is room for a bit of trickery, now and then, if it’s of use and helps the team, but by and large 400 stepovers where one would do helps no one.
And Makaay, a former Dutch and Bayern legend, is a man we have pretty much never discussed on Ibrox Noise since he arrived in November.
He and Gio had a long-standing relationship going back to their playing days then management at Feyenoord before Rangers’ then new manager wanted the Holland striker to be his assistant coach, striker coach, his attacking consul and general counsel at Ibrox as well. He had no hesitation in saying yes.
And if ever a man has struck us as efficient, clinical, no nonsense and too the point while being damn good at his job, it’s Makaay.
He strikes us as very serious and to the point, but his bluntness is mellowed by a subtle softly softly approach as well, because sometimes players need a laugh, a giggle and a sympathetic arm. He can do all these.
His record as a striker at the top level speaks for itself – he scored 103 goals in 181 appearances for Bayern in the Bundesliga – he’s not even THAT long retired, and his knowledge is invaluable for an Alfredo Morelos, a Ryan Kent, an Antonio Colak and now, young Rabbi Matondo.
He is loving life at Rangers, and he’s certainly one of the less-lauded members of the coaching staff – but don’t let the quiet man of Rangers fool you.
He’s excellent on the pitch, the players get on great with him, and if ever Rangers had the right striker coach, it’s Roy.