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Glasgow Rangers: 3 Potential Candidate To Succeed Gerrard

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Managerial merry-go-round often sees a coach sacked while a new manager takes over the reign, coming in with a new philosophy and different mentality.

While Rangers are searching for a new manager following Steve Gerrard’s departure to Aston Villa, the only question on the lips of neutrals and Ibrox fans is who could succeed the former Liverpool legend?

Here, Isagoal takes a look at 3 potential candidates that could take charge at Ibrox, Rangers.

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst

Former Rangers star Van Bronckhorst, is the latest and number one candidate been linked to with the managerial vacancy at Ibrox following the exit of Gerrard to Aston Villa on Thursday.

His playing days at Rangers were trophy laden period between 1998 and 2001, before he went on to play for Arsenal, Barcelona, and Feyenoord.

After hanging his boots at Feyenoord in 2010 following his brilliant footballing career, the Dutchman went on to join the coaching set up of the club under the leadership of Ronald Koeman, before taking over in 2015.

Having garnered experience under Koeman, Van Bronckhorst led Feyenoord to KNVB Cup success in his first full season in charge, before sealing the Eredivisie title the year after to quench their title wait for 18 years.

The Dutchman had also managed in the Chinese Super League with Guangzhou City, finishing 11th in the league before deciding to quit the job and return to his family.

With a managerial position open at his former club, it is understood that Van Bronckhorst is keen on a return to management with Rangers in Scottish Premiership League.

Callum Davidson

St Johnstone boss Callum Davidson, is the second candidate that his been linked with the managerial position at Rangers.

Davidson was appointed by St Johnstone last summer to succeed club’s legend Tommy Wright, and he did went on to achieved the unimaginable by winning both the League Cup and Scottish Cup plus securing fifth spot in league at the end of 2020-21 campaign.

With his impressive performances in the dugout for St Johnstone, there were reports that several club side in English League are lurking around to prize him away before he went on to penned a new deal at McDiarmid Park in September.

Davidson may not have the same pedigree with Jose Mourinho, Zinedine Zidane and Pep Guardiola of this world, however he’s done enough for himself to be considered as Gerrard’s successor.

Kjetil Knutsen

The Norwegian champions boss Knutsen is obviously not a very popular name you would have like to see on this list, but his brilliant work with Bodo/Glimt is the reason why his on the list.

Knutsen took over Bodo/Glimt as a manager in 2018, following a brief stint as assistant and since then he’s transformed the club from a relegation threatened side to Champions of Norway.

He did the unimaginable last season by winning the club’s first title and also went on to smashed several records during that process. 

This season in the UEFA Europa Conference League, his side gave Jose Mourinho’s led team Roma a run for their money beating the Giallorossi in the process and also went on to Rome picked a point in a 2-2 clash.

The Ibrox fans would love to have a manager of his kind in their dugout, especially considering how he’s been able to manage a smaller budget compared to what the likes of Rosenberg and Molde gives to their coaches.

So, with the Scottish champions topping the table with four points ahead of their rival Celtic, and a must win encounter against Sparta Prague in the Europa League. 

Whoever takes the job would definitely have a lot on his plate to settle, and most especially the fans would  expect such manager to equal or surpasses Gerrard’s achievement.

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