Former Rangers defender Dorin Goian has taken over the manager’s job at hometown club, the Romanian’s second foray into football management.

Goian previously spent three years in charge of Romanian third division side Bucovina Rădăuți and moves across the country to Foresta Suceava of Romanian town Suceava, who also play in the Romanian third-tier.

The big defender, now 39, only spent one full season at Ibrox but is remembered as a cult hero by the Ibrox faithful.

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According to Romanian football journalist Emanuel Roşu, the feeling is mutual.

“Former Rangers defender Dorin Goian, forever in love with the club after his year in Scotland, just took over at Foresta Suceava, his (and my) hometown club,” said Roşu on Twitter.

Goian joined Rangers in the latter stages of his career and in his first season with the club formed a formidable central defensive partnership with USA legend Carlos Bocanegra in 2011.


But as things fell apart behind the scenes at Ibrox the club’s form crumbled and Goian was left in a real predicament as Rangers crashed to the bottom tier of Scottish football.

Former Rangers star Dorin Goian has taken over at his hometown club in Romania. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Despite playing twice for the team in Scotland’s fourth tier, Goain would eventually leave to go to Spezia on-loan before finishing his career in Greece with Asteras Tripolis.

Goian also turned out for Romanian side Steaua Bucharest and Italian club Palermo, making 60 Romanian caps and scoring five goals for his country in a distinguished career.

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