First-team Rangers figure hoping 101-cap ex-Barcelona star rocks up at rivals
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Rangers boss hoping 101-cap ex-Barcelona star rocks up at rivals

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst would love to see former Dutch national teammate Phillip Cocu rock up Hibs – because he wants to lock horns with the ex-Barca star.

The two were managerial rivals during their time in the Eredivisie in the Netherlands where van Bronckhorst led Feyenoord and 101-cap ex-Dutch midfielder Phillip Cocu led PSV.

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Still close from their time together as players, Giovanni van Bronckhorst was speaking amid strong links between the Scottish Premiership side and the former Derby boss [Scottish Sun].

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Things didn’t work out for Phillip Cocu at the Rams and whilst unorthodox, Hibs may provide an interesting springboard to restart a now-stuttering managerial career.

Cocu has been out of work since leaving Pride Park and a successful stint at Easter Road offers something of a road to redemption.

Rangers boss: it’d be “absolutely beautiful” to see Phillip Cocu at Hibs

Speaking to press in his homeland, Rangers boss van Bronckhorst has admitted he’d love to do battle with Phillip Cocu at Hibs.

“I would like to fight Phillip again,” said Van Bronchorst [FC Update].

“Of course that was a while ago. We’ve been through so much together. Phillip is also always the one who sent you a text and I really appreciate that.

“We had good times as players and colleagues, but also were allowed to compete against each other in the Netherlands.

“It would be great to see Phillip back at work and Scotland would be absolutely beautiful.”

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Phillip Cocu and Giovanni van Bronckhorst used to be teammates with the Dutch national team but have faced off against each other eight times as manager.

Cocu has won five of the encounters whilst Gio has three victories.

Phillip Cocu is one of the most decorated Dutch players of his generation, having played in successful PSV and Barcelona teams, with van Bronckhorst a teammate for a season at the latter.

Meanwhile, details of a Europa League fan-zone have emerged with some Rangers fans unable to travel to Seville.

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