An update has emerged on former Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman, regarding interest from Glasgow giants Rangers.
According to Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida, the Dutch head coach is a ‘possibility’ for the Gers as they attempt to replace Steven Gerrard at Ibrox in the coming days, following his move to Premier League outfit Aston Villa.
The reporter also claimed that ex-Rangers defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the favourite for the role, but Koeman could now be in the race.
Rangers chief Ross Wilson must forget about a swoop for van Bronckhorst if Koeman is a realistic option for the club in the next few days. If the Dutchman is available then the Gers director must make a move for him and attempt to bring him to Ibrox as he could be a terrific appointment.
He is vastly experienced and has managed some top clubs throughout his career; Barcelona, Ajax, Valencia, Benfica, Southampton and Everton among others. Koeman also managed his native Netherlands for 20 matches and averaged an impressive 1.9 points per game for the country.
Van Bronckhorst won an Eredivisie title with Feyenoord and averaged 2.03 points per game across 136 league matches in the Netherlands. This shows that he is a good candidate to replace Gerrard and proves that he is capable of setting a side up to win points on a regular basis, but Koeman’s statistics and experience eclipse him.
Koeman has managed 342 Eredivisie games and averaged 2.06 points per match, across spells with Vitesse, Ajax, Feyenoord and PSV – winning three league titles along the way, with nine trophies in his career overall. This suggests that he could be a better option than van Bronckhorst in terms of their experience in their home country.
However, the real edge for the ex-Barca coach comes with the fact he has proven himself outside of the Netherlands.
In three full Premier League seasons in charge of Southampton and Everton in England, the 58-year-old finished seventh, sixth and seventh – showing that he can achieve success in one of Europe’s top divisions.
Van Bronckhorst, meanwhile, has only managed in China and the Netherlands.
His spell in China was also cut short after 23 games as he averaged a measly 1.22 points per game, which is another indication that Koeman could be the better option of the two and that is why Wilson must move for the former Saint.