Former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat has made a surprising U-turn on his retirement plans as he has taken up a role at Dutch side FC Utrecht, where he will be a special assistant to rookie manager Rick Kruys.

The Dutchman claimed he was retiring in May last year following a spell at Feyenoord before taking charge of the Iraq national football team at the beginning of the season.

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This spell proved disastrous, failing to win any of his six World Cup qualifiers with the side and subsequently quitting.

Former Rangers manager Dick Advocaat alters retirement plans to take up a role at FC Utrecht

Advocaats latest role at 74 will see him providing specialist advice and overseeing the new interim manager Kruys in what is his first management role.

The Dutchman’s knowledge of the game will be a massive help, and this could well turn out to be his last role in the game, although he has said that before.

The Ibrox faithful place Advocaat as one of the greatest Rangers bosses. Arriving in the summer of 1998 following the departure of Walter Smith, he led the club to instant success.

A treble in his first season was followed by a domestic double in his second before the wheels fell off. Celtic took over the mantle of the best team in the country.

We have the Dutchman to thank for bringing players such as Michael Mols, Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Ronald de Boer to the club as the manager spent millions.

Dick Advocaat
15 Sep 1999: Rangers manager Dick Advocaat during the UEFA Champions League group F game against Valencia at the Estadio Mestalla in Valencia, Spa…

Hopefully, this new role goes well, and he can end his career on a high note (again) and maybe enjoy some time retired, although it certainly looks like he could be in football forever.

Meanwhile, Rangers star James Sands was left on the bench for the USMNT as they took a crucial step closer to the World Cup.

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