Rangers will step up their search for a new manager in time for the visit of Celtic. Should the board not be able to find an ideal candidate immediately then they will likely put in place someone to assist the current caretaker coach Graeme Murty. The poor results of late will not force the side into making rash appointments, but they are now understood to be holding interviews in the coming days. The shortlist of around 12 names, including former player Frank de Boer, will be quizzed and their ideal candidate selected. Should the new coach be unavailable until the end of this season, the board will happily wait, appointing a temporary figure until then.
Lovenkrands backing de Boer
Former player Peter Lovenkrands is backing former team mate Frank de Boer for the vacant managerial job, but admits he may not want to accept. “I think he’s a very good candidate for it. He knows the club, so does his brother. I played with both of them and he is a fantastic character.” Lovenkrands then goes on to speculate whether de Boer got his fingers burnt at Inter and coming in mid way through the season did not give him time to get his own structure into the club. It would be a similar situation at Rangers, so he may be unlikely to take the job.
Murty backs decision to play Houston
Travelling Rangers fans may have been surprised when hearing that 17 year-old Jordan Houston was included in the match day squad at the weekend. The promising left back was given his first team chance in place of the injured Lee Wallace who is out with a muscle complaint. Houston has performed well for the under-20 squad so far this season and so Murty backed his decision to name him amongst the substitutes against Dundee.
Hyndman gets praise from Howe
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is pleased with the game time Emmerson Hyndman is getting at the moment. The young American midfielder signed for Rangers in January and has started the last five games. Despite Mark Warburton’s exit from the club, Hyndman has kept his starting role and continues to impress. Howe said “the loan spell was just what he needed, not just in terms of playing the games but also the stature of the club he’s at.”
Rangers Ladies progress in the SWPL Cup
Rangers Ladies are through to the 2nd Round of the SWPL Cup after a storming 8-3 win over Edinburgh University Hutchinson Vale. The Blue Belles were once again in fine form as they comfortably beat the opposition to progress. At one point the tie was level, quite against the run of play EUHV pulled it back to 2-2 as Rangers pushed for a third. It was only level for a further six minutes however, and Rangers then began to score freely.