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Ronald Koeman Could Be In Line To Replace Steven Gerrard At Rangers

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Ronald Koeman Could Be In Line To Replace Steven Gerrard At Rangers

Ronald Koeman could be in line to make a swift return to management and replace Steven Gerrard at Rangers.

The Dutchman was given his marching orders as Barcelona boss last month after a dismal 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano.

Koeman left the cash-strapped Catalans in ninth place and has been replaced by legendary former midfielder Xavi.

As for Rangers, they are looking to claim consecutive Scottish Premiership titles for the first time since 2011, and currently sit four points clear of Celtic at the top of the table.

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The 58-year-old would take plenty of experience to the vacant role at Ibrox, winning trophies in Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands across a managerial career spanning more than 20 years.

He has won 3 Dutch titles with Ajax and PSV Eindhoven, and tasted cup success with Spain after winning the Copa del Rey with Valencia and Barcelona.

Koeman has managed in the UK before with Everton and Southampton, but this would be his first job in Scottish football.

PA: Giovanni van Bronckhorst spent three years at Rangers.
PA: Giovanni van Bronckhorst spent three years at Rangers.
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However, he is not the favourite to take the role, with compatriot Giovanni van Bronckhorst being the number one tip to make a return to Glasgow.

The 46-year-old spent three years at Rangers between 1998 and 2001, winning two Scottish Premiership titles at the club.

He later moved onto Arsenal, Barcelona and Feyenoord before concluding his playing career at the conclusion of the 2009/10 season.

The former defender returned to Feyenoord as assistant manager, before taking the top job in May 2015. During his four years in charge, he won 1 Dutch title, 2 Dutch Cups and 2 Dutch Supercups.

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PA: Giovanni van Bronckhorst coaching at Guangzhou R&F
PA: Giovanni van Bronckhorst coaching at Guangzhou R&F

His last job was with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou R&F, and is now keen to take on his next challenge in management.

"I've had a lot of time lately to be at home and spend a lot of time in my foundation," he said in quotes published by The Sun.

"That was a bit more difficult in recent years. Now I have the sense and energy to take on a great challenge.

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"It is important in that regard - which club is it, and does it suit me?

"It was great fun in Asia, but after a month I noticed that it was becoming very difficult because of corona.

"It was therefore important to return to the Netherlands as soon as possible."

Whether it's Koeman or Van Bronckhorst, it looks like Rangers could be going Dutch with their next appointment.

Topics: Barcelona, Scottish Premiership, Ronald Koeman, Steven Gerrard, Rangers

James Hilsum
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