Legendary former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is the latest name mentioned in the running to potentially take over from Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The iconic Spanish coach is out of work since leaving Everton last season and a move to Ibrox has been mooted by the Sun after scanning the favourites around the country.

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Whilst there’s nothing more than speculation at this point, it is very interesting the ex-Valencia, Inter, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Napoli coach is amongst those being mentioned.

One of the most highly-rated managers in the world game, Rafa Benitez is a former Champions League winner with Liverpool and a two-time La Liga winner with Valencia.

Rafa Benitez mentioned but Rangers to stick by Van Bronckhorst?

Whilst Rafa is named amongst the frontrunners, it appears that Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is safe in his job for now.

The Dutchman might be nine points behind in the title race and have overseen the worst Champions League campaign in European footballing history, but one journalist close to the Dutchman claims the coach won’t be sacked.

Speaking to the media amid mounting pressure on Van Bronckhorst’s shoulders, Marcel van der Kraan believes that the Ibrox side are set to stick by their man.

“I think he’s counting on the fact that he will be there once the World Cup is over,” said Van der Kraan [Sky Sports].

“I think he’s gone on holiday at the moment. He is aware there is some unrest amongst the fans.

“Rangers is a massive club in Scotland and have a reputation in Europe, you can see that when they went to the Europa League final.

“They’ve played against all the big teams [in the Champions League] with a very limited squad and that squad was not built for the Champions League, Scottish League and a cup etc.

“Ten injuries at the moment, he knows he has to work hard with this team. I think he’s got the backing of the board and he’s counting on the backing of the board because they have not invested a lot and if you look at the amount of injuries they’ve had, it would be very unfair to sack him.”

Whilst Rafa Benitez is mentioned alongside the Rangers job, another manager has ruled himself out of the running.

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