Ex-Valencia boss emerges as shock late contender, spate of reports strike major GvB doubts
May 1992: Ronald Koeman celebrates after scoring for Barcelona during the European Cup Final between Barcelona v Sampdoria. Barcelona won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: David Cannon/Getty Images

Dutchman emerges as late contender for Rangers job, not van Bronckhorst

Dutchman and legendary former international footballer Ronald Koeman has reportedly emerged as a late contender for the manager’s job at Rangers.

The Gers are currently on the hunt for a gaffer to replace the outgoing Steven Gerrard with the smart money on ex-Rangers star Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Rangers-linked pair Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Ronald Koeman worked together at Feyenoord with Jean Paul van-Gastel. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

But whilst Gio, 46, is certainly a fan favourite for the role ex-Holland boss Koeman – who only three weeks ago was in charge of Barcelona – has seen his odds drop with regards the job.


In a sizeable turn of events, newspapers are now scrambling to cover the story and it certainly has some scratching their heads regarding who’ll take the reins at Ibrox.

Earlier, if not somewhat dubious reports, had claimed Koeman was a serious candidate.

Ronald Koeman, 58, had a stellar playing career with Groningen, Ajax, PSV, Barcelona and Feyenoord where he made his name as a goalscoring defender or defensive midfielder.

Playing 78 times and scoring 14 goals for the Netherlands, he was regarded as one of the best defenders of his generation.

Speculation surrounds Dutchman Ronald Koeman and Rangers

In management, Koeman has led no fewer than 10 clubs and also took charge of the Netherlands.

The clubs include Vitesse, Ajax, Benfica, PSV Eindhoven, Valencia, AZ Alkmaar, Feyenoord, Southampton, Everton and Barcelona.

During Koeman’s time at Premier League Southampton (2014-2016) he would’ve worked with now Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson.

Wilson was at Saints from early 2015 to the end of 2019, when he joined Rangers.

Reports emerged yesterday that Rangers were analysing a shortlist of three managers with Gio van Bronckhorst the only of these named by the report.

GO Radio journalist Jo Hendry has also claimed that Koeman was “never under consideration” by Ibrox bosses.


GvB remains the favourite amongst the fans but this news will certainly strike some doubts into what happens next at Ibrox with the club notoriously tight-lipped on their business dealings.

If Dutchman Koeman is a genuinely interested party in Rangers, then it could also explain that much-publicised private jet which is arriving in Glasgow.

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