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Glasgow Rangers should consider bringing Kjetil Knutsen to Ibrox

Glasgow Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is reportedly walking on thin ice as it is ‘increasingly likely’ that he will be sacked during the break for the 2022 World Cup.

The Light Blues could dismiss the current first-team boss as the club are nine points behind their rivals at the top of the Premiership table and finished bottom of their Champions League group.

If the Gers do opt to part ways with the ex-Feyenoord gaffer then Ross Wilson must reignite the interest he had in Norweigan coach Kjetil Knutsen last year.

He was one of the managers reportedly on the club’s radar prior to appointing the Dutchman after Steven Gerrard moved south of the border to Aston Villa.

The Bodo/Glimt coach refused to completely rule out a move to England, when asked in October, and this suggests that there is potential there for the Light Blues to convince him to make the switch to Scotland.

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Wilson must now pick up from where he left off with the 54-year-old to bring him in as a replacement for van Bronckhorst, should Rangers decide to part ways with the current boss, as he could bring excitement to the Ibrox faithful.

Former Gers defender Craig Moore claimed that the Dutchman does not have a clear style and ex-Celtic man Kris Commons agreed with that, whilst dubbing the football on display as ‘boring’ and ‘predictable’.

The arrival of Knutsen, however, would change all of that. Bodo/Glimt captain Ulrick Saltnes once described Knutsen’s style of play as “kamikaze” and the man himself previously explained the way that he wants his team to play, saying: “Dominating doesn’t just mean scoring but also having the possession of the ball and dictating the rules of the game.

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Gio van Bronckhorst coaching on the touchline for Rangers

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“We want to create a team identity that encompasses everyone; players, staff, managers, fans. We must confront ourselves to be able to create this ‘Bodo model’.”

His style is summed up by the fact that his side scored a staggering 103 goals in the 2020/21 campaign – breaking the record for goals scored by one team in a season in the Norweigan top-flight.

Journalist Connor McGilligan recently urged Leeds to hire him because of his “Gegenpressing” approach that would be “fantastic to watch” on the pitch.

This all suggests that Knutsen would bring a clear and exciting style of play onto the pitch at Ibrox, which is something van Bronckhorst has struggled to do, whilst the Bodo/Glimt man’s two titles in three years also show that he can get results on the pitch to back it all up.

Therefore, Wilson must attempt to convince the Norweigan tactician to ditch his current team in favour of taking charge of the Scottish giants, if a vacancy emerges in the dugout in Glasgow.

Article title: Glasgow Rangers should consider bringing Kjetil Knutsen to Ibrox

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