Ex-Bayer Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz may be taking Lyon to face Rangers this week, but it’s not the first time the former Dutch international has travelled to Ibrox in recent years.
During the ex-midfielder’s time in charge of Bundesliga side Bayer, the reputable manager travelled to Ibrox to face off against Steven Gerrard’s team in the Europa League Last 16.
Bosz came out on top that day by dismantling the Ibrox side 3-1 on what proved to be the club’s final match in front of a crowd pre-Covid in March 2020.
Now, Bosz is preparing to return to Ibrox for his second game at the stadium in 18 months as he brings his newly adopted Lyon side to the famous stadium.
After around two-and-a-half years in charge of Bayer, Bosz was sacked in March 2021 with his side sitting outside of the Champions League Group Stages.
Only two months later the 8-times capped ex-Dutch midfielder – who most notably played for Feyenoord in his playing career – took over at the Ligue 1 side.
Famed for his attacking, possession style of play, Bosz has an impressive CV which has also seen him work as head coach of AGOVV, De Graafschap, Heracles Alemo, Vitesse, Ajax, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Borussia Dortmund.
Steven Gerrard was of course in charge of Rangers the last time Bosz came to Ibrox and the Gers Gaffer pointed this out in the pre-match press conference.
“They’ve got a manager who got this job on the back of doing ever so well as Bayer Leverkusen manager,” said Gerrard ahead of the Lyon test [Rangers].
“He’s been here before, he knows what we’re about. This is a real big test tomorrow and we have to be at our best and that goes for both sides of the game.
“We have to have a high level of focus and determination tomorrow because if we don’t against these teams we can be punished.
“It’s a real good test for us but we’ve got our own confidence we can play at this level and compete and at the right time we have to show bravery.
“We’re excited but we know the size of the challenge and it’s arguably the biggest we’ve had as a group.”
Rangers fans will be hoping Bosz is not so fortunate at Ibrox this time around as the Gers look to get their Europa League campaign underway.
The challenge for Rangers has been made a whole lot harder by the inclusion of a £17m talisman who was originally banned from travelling to the UK due to Covid-19 rules.