Marco Negri would love to return to Rangers as a coach
2 Jan 1998: Marco Negri of Rangers (right) and Tom Boyd of Celtic chase the ball during the Scottish FA Premier Leauge match at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Celtic won the match 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Stu Forster /Allsport

Marco Negri would love to return to Rangers as a coach

Marco Negri has stated that it would be a “dream” to return to Rangers in a coaching capacity in the near-future.

The Italian was part of the famous Rangers side that went for 10-in-a-row under Walter Smith. Scoring a sensational 36 goals during the 1997/98 season,  Negri came so close to firing Rangers to the coveted 10.

Unfortunately, a nasty injury meant that his form was taken from him. He scored just three goals in his final 13 matches of that season for Rangers. He remains a highly-popular figure around Ibrox regardless, and has been back for charity gigs in the past.

Marco Negri has been back doing charity events for the club (Mark Kerton/Action Plus via Getty Images)

And he’s recently told the Scottish Sun that he would love to come back to Ibrox on a more permanent basis.

“I’m waiting for a new call from the football world, which is my life. I would like to coach some more.

“Would I be happy to help Rangers if they ever needed a striker coach? Absolutely. It wouldn’t be a job but a dream to do that!”

Not the worst idea for Steven Gerrard

When you look at possible options out there in the footballing world for a Rangers striking coach, you could do a lot worse than Negri.

He already has coaching experience under his belt too. He spent time at Udinese coaching the strikers under Massimo Oddo. It seeems to be the kind of role that Negri enjoys doing, and Rangers could do worse.

With Kyle Lafferty misfiring, Negri could be the perfect coach to get him back on track. A physical striker himself during his playing days, you would have to fancy the Italian to show Lafferty a thing or two.

Kyle Lafferty could do with a coach like Negri to get him back on track (Josef Bollwein/SEPA.Media /Getty Images)

Of course, no approach has been made or even hinted at by Rangers. This is simply Negri revealing his availability to the club and the football world as a whole. Gerrard may feel he doesn’t even need a striking coach given the form of Alfredo Morelos this season.

Regardless, supporters would welcome Negri back with open arms. There remains a bitter taste in the mouth with regards to how his Rangers career ended without success.

A comeback in the future would give him the chance to solve that.