Popular former Gers star could be set for Ibrox return as part of GvB team, talks held - report
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Ex-Rangers star could make Ibrox return as part of GvB team - report

Popular former Rangers star Neil McCann could make a return to Ibrox as part of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s backroom team, according to the Scottish Sun.

Since GvB was confirmed as manager on Thursday – subject to a work permit – there’s been much speculation about what his coaching staff might look like.

Jean-Paul van Gastel reportedly won’t be joining GvB at Ibrox. (Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images)

There’s been an apparent blow for the former Netherlands star as it was reported on Friday night that his trusted assistant Jean-Paul van Gastel won’t be able to join him at Ibrox [Daily Record].


However, former Bayern Munich star Roy Makaay is expected to be named as a coach, while physiotherapist Arno Phillips and data and performance analyst Yori Bosschart will also be part of the team, with deals expected to be confirmed this weekend.

There have been conflicting reports about Rangers’ desire to also hire a local Scottish coach but there now looks to have been a development on that front.

The Scottish Sun are reporting that ‘tentative talks’ have been held with McCann, who could return to the club he starred for between 1998 and 2003.

McCann won multiple honours playing alongside GvB at Rangers and it’s suggested that he has ‘impressed with his in-depth analysis and knowledge while working for Rangers TV.’

Neil McCann could make a sensational Rangers return as part of GvB’s backroom team. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

McCann could be set for Rangers return as part of GvB team

It would likely be an extremely popular decision if McCann was indeed offered the chance to return to Ibrox.

He took a break from coaching after a spell as Dundee manager ended in 2018 but he impressed while standing in for John Robertson at Inverness Caledonian Thistle last season and knows the club inside out.

He would surely command respect from the playing group and drive standards at Auchenhowie.

Meanwhile, Rangers U18s came from behind to defeat Celtic on Friday.

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