Rangers hero Dick Advocaat has come out of retirement and been officially appointed as manager of the Iraq national team.

Advocaat managed the Gers between 1998 and 2001, delivering two league titles, two Scottish Cups and one League Cup, making him a popular figure with the fan base.

Dick Advocaat
Rangers hero Dick Advocaat – pictured during an Old Firm at Celtic Park in 2000 – has come out of retirement to manage Iraq. (Photo by Stu Forster /Allsport)

Since his time with the Light Blues, he’s managed big nations like the Netherlands, Belgium and Russia, while he’s had high-profile club jobs with Borussia Moenchengladbach, PSV Eindhoven and Fenerbahçe.

Most recently, he was at Feyenoord, but he retired at the end of last season not long after becoming the oldest manager in the history of the Eredivisie.

The 73-year-old has now reversed his decision, though, and has returned to international management.

It was reported on Saturday that he was in talks with the Iraqi FA about taking charge of their team and his appointment was confirmed in the early evening.

His task will be to guide Iraq to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which would be their second World Cup appearance.

They are set to face the likes of South Korea, Syria and the UAE in qualifying, which gets underway next month.

It’s incredible that Advocaat still has the desire to manage at 73 and it’ll be interesting to see if he can achieve some success with Iraq, who are currently ranked 68th in the world.

Meanwhile, a popular bluenose has helped to deliver a major early-season boost for Rangers.

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