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Rangers: Ibrox side “interested” in Gerardo Seoane

Glasgow Rangers are reportedly eyeing a swoop for out-of-work manager Gerardo Seoane, as the Old Firm outfit continues their search to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

What’s the word?

According to journalist Dean Jones – speaking to GIVEMESPORT – the Scottish Premiership giants have identified the 44-year-old as a possible candidate to fill the managerial vacancy at Ibrox, with sporting director Ross Wilson having relieved Van Bronckhorst of his duties earlier this week.

The respected source stated: “The only other name I’ve heard really on the back of that is Gerardo Seoane, who’s somebody that they’re interested in.”

This follows a report from the Scottish Daily Express which revealed that the former Bayer Leverkusen boss has emerged somewhat ‘out of the blue’ in the Glasgow side’s bid for a new manager, with the Swiss coach having only recently lost his job with the Bundesliga outfit.

Better than Dyche

While it may be something of a concern for Gers supporters that Seoane was only recently shown the door himself at the BayArena, the highly-rated asset had previously enjoyed a promising stint in Germany prior to that, guiding his former club to a third-place finish in the league last term to secure Champions League qualification.

Although that was to be his solitary, full season in charge at the club, the emerging coach had enjoyed success in his previous role at BSC Young Boys, guiding the Swiss side to three consecutive league titles in his three campaigns at the helm, including winning the double during the 2019/20 season.

That trophy-winning experience could well prove to be an attractive option as far as those at Ibrox are concerned, as too could Seoane’s relative youth, with the up-and-coming manager someone whom the club could build around for the long term.

The former Luzern boss is also an appealing appointment as a result of his preference for working with young talent, with the average of his Leverkusen squad last term having been just 24.5 years.

That could well make the exciting coach a better fit for the top job in Glasgow ahead of another reported target in Sean Dyche, with the Englishman potentially more of a short-term fix as a result of his seemingly “pragmatic” approach, as described by the man himself.

The former Burnley head coach had no doubt worked wonders during his time at Turf Moor – notably keeping the Clarets in the Premier League for six straight seasons after twice earning promotion to the top tier – although lacks the title-winning experience of his counterpart, with the 51-year-old’s only league triumph coming in the second tier.

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Equally, the Kettering-born coach is also a less glamorous appointment as a result of his preference for experienced, senior pros over nurturing young talent, with the average of his squad in Lancashire last term having been 27.3.

If the aforementioned Wilson is seeking to build for the long-term at Rangers, he could well be better served turning to Seoane as an ideal candidate, ahead of Dyche.