Barak Bakhar took Maccabi Haifa to the Champions League this season, and now Eyal Berkovic is tipping the Israeli to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst at Rangers.
Van Bronckhorst is a man under increasing pressure after a series of woeful performances and results with Rangers this season has culminated in a 2-1 defeat to St Johnstone.
The result leaves Rangers seven points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership with the Champions League embarrassment also still fresh in the memory.
Speaking as the pressure continues to mount on Giovanni van Bronckhorst, ex-Celtic star Eyal Berkovic has claimed that Rangers would do well to consider Maccabi Haifa coach Barak Bakhar.
“Bakhar for Rangers?” Said Berkovic [Sport5].
“Scottish football is weak. (There are only) two clubs.
“(But) you are close to England. And if you succeed you can move (south of the border) like Steven Gerrard.”
Barak Bakhar tipped to replace Van Bronckhorst at Rangers
Rangers fans are furious after the recent downturn in performances and there is a growing sentiment that the club needs a refresh and clear-out from top to bottom.
The Gers have visibly regressed over the course of the last 12 months and amid a series of injuries look like meekly surrendering the title to Celtic once again.
This squad has shown themselves up to be cowardly several times in the past and there is a feeling that Giovanni van Bronckhorst is not best placed to get the best from them.
Whilst Barak Bakhar might not be a well-known name amongst Rangers fans, the Maccabi Haifa coach has been impressing in Israel.
After dominating the Israeli top flight with Hapoel Be’er Sheva – where he won three titles and two cups – Bakhar has now won the last two Israeli titles with Maccabi Haifa.
Impressive qualifying victories over over Olympiakos, Apollon Limassol and former European Champions Red Star Belgrade then led the side to the Champions League for the first time in 13 years.
Maccabi finished bottom of Group H but did record a famous victory over Juventus in the group stages.
Meanwhile, one summer Rangers signing has been linked with a January exit.