For many players and managers, better things rarely beckon after Rangers but Steven Gerrard and Giovanni van Bronckhorst could soon be about to receive a national call.

The former Ibrox management duo are both out of a job after their stints in Glasgow with both coaches being relieved of their duties at Rangers and Aston Villa around the same time last year.

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But in a matter of months the newspaper reports have already begun to step up with both being linked with quick returns to the coaching set-up, and only not in the club game.

Steven Gerrard linked to England U21s

Steven Gerrard has been extensively linked with a move to Turkey over the last few seasons and amid links to Trabzonspor, a job more closer to home with the England U21s has emerged.

The former Ibrox gaffer struggled to compete at Premier League level and has found himself out of a job after being sacked from Villa Park, with his next move a particularly important one.

The pressure is on for the Liverpool legend to prove he can cut it at the top level but a stint with the England U21 represents an interesting proposition.

The Daily Mail are claiming that current England U21 boss Lee Carsley is considering his future with Steven Gerrard being sounded out alongside Frank Lampard and Scott Parker.

Given Gareth Southgate got the top Three Lions’ job via the youth route, it’s a job not to be sniffed at, with Gerrard given extra brownie points given he’s a former England captain who earned 114 caps for the country.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst linked to the Netherlands

Steven Gerrard isn’t the only former Rangers manager being linked with a national team job either, only Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been tipped for the senior Netherlands management role.

The Dutch coach remains highly-thought of in the Netherlands, with legendary former Holland midfielder Frank Rijkaard tipping Gio for the country’s top job.

A former Netherlands captain, Gio earned 106 caps for the Dutch national team and it speaks volumes about his standing back home that the former Feyenoord coach is being tipped to be the county’s manager in the future.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has also tasted success in the Netherlands as a coach, having won the Eredivisie title with Feyenoord in Holland.

It goes to show that these two former Rangers managers are being tipped for big things after Ibrox and let’s see if that old adage is true come the end of their management careers.

Meanwhile, the Kyle Fox takeover of Rangers has reportedly collapsed.

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