Speculated Rangers managerial target Kjetil Knutsen has confirmed he has no interest in Rangers or anyone else after persistent stories claimed the club was looking for his services to potentially replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
The Norwegian boss, 55, currently in charge of Bodo/Glimt, is an extremely-highly thought of manager in European circles with a feeling he will very much move onto better things in time than the Norwegian Eliteserien, with all due respect to it.
And this gained Rangers’ attention last year when it came to replacing Steven Gerrard amid Rangers’ manager search, with of course Giovanni van Bronckhorst coming in instead. And with Gio’s place now looking a bit more vulnerable, the Norwegian has been quick to reject the story and state pretty clearly he’s going nowhere.
He’s the third manager to directly address the Rangers interest, with Mick Beale and Sean Dyche both failing to rule a move to Ibrox out, speaking distantly only and putting their hats on the edge of the ring at the very least.
But Knutsen says no, in a clear and outright emphatic rejection of any potential move not only to Ibrox but out from his homeland, period. Of course, money does talk and a richer club than Rangers could probably persuade a promising European manager to give up success and take on a bigger name. ETH we’re looking at you…
But that probably won’t be Rangers.
That all said, Gio remains manager for now and there’s no obvious sign aside press speculation that this is going to change any time soon. It looks inevitable, but we can’t be sure at all of anything.
As for the others, the situation remains as it did last night: Gio remains boss, a few speculated names have thrown their hats in the ring, and mercifully the world cup is upon us to give us a badly-needed distraction from Rangers and our travails at present.
Where Rangers go from here in unclear but this period is TLC for the club we hope, and the AGM is round the corner as well. The released accounts were promising, and half the squad is injured. We’re a wounded animal and we need to heal.
Hopefully this time next month the picture is clearer and better for Rangers.