Former Rangers defender Paolo Vanoli has taken charge of Russian club Spartak Moscow on a contract until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Vanoli, who has recently worked alongside Antonio Conte at both Chelsea and Inter Milan, takes on his first senior management role with the Russian giants and will be aiming to bring back success to the Moscow club.

Press conference by FC Spartak Moscow
Former Rangers player Paolo Vanoli has taken charge of Russian Premier League giants Spartak Moscow.(Photo by Sergei Bobylev\TASS via Getty Images)

Spartak has only won one league title since 2001 and long gone are the glory days of the 90s in which the capital-based club ruled the country. Vanoli will be aiming to change all that.

The club finds themselves 15 points adrift of league leaders Zenit as they currently occupy ninth place in the Russian Premier League.

The former Italian international played for Rangers between 2003 and 2005, featuring regularly during the 2003/04 season as the Ibrox side faltered in their title defence following on from the excellent treble-winning campaign the year before.

Financial problems meant Alex McLeish had to sell the club’s best talent such as Barry Ferguson and replace them with free transfers, including the likes of Nuno Capucho, Emerson, and Vanoli.

The 49-year-old is best remembered for his spell at Parma during their most successful period, winning a UEFA Cup and Coppa Italia for the club, scoring in both finals.

Paolo Vanoli of Rangers
Paolo Vanoli playing for Rangers in 2004. The Italian has been named the new manager of Spartak Moscow. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Rangers fans will only wish him well as he aims to establish himself in the Russian Premier League with Spartak and get them challenging for the title once again.

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