By Nick Ware

14th Nov, 2021 | 9:40am

Report names Ronald Koeman as new favourite in Rangers manager race

Ronald Koeman looks to be the latest name heavily linked with a move to Rangers to succeed Steven Gerrard as their new manager.

Diario Ole, with over three million followers on their verified Twitter account, are one news outlet to name Koeman as a candidate for the Ibrox role.

Spanish news outlet Fichajes have added to this story, claiming that the ex-Barcelona boss is “one step away” from signing with Rangers.

It is claimed that he is the “main favourite” to be named the new Rangers manager, with his return to the dugout “about to take place”.

The 59-year-old has been out of work for less than a month after he was sacked as Barca boss in October.

Reputation ruined?

Koeman was one of the finest defenders of his generation during a storied playing career that saw him lift the European Cup with Barcelona in 1992, and he even claimed top scorer for the 1993/95 Champions League campaign, when the competition was revamped from its previous format.

He began his managerial career in his native Netherlands before taking in spells in Portugal and Spain.

Koeman made a name for himself as a manager in the UK when he achieved consecutive top-seven finishes with Premier League side Southampton before a move to Everton.

However, the Dutchman’s Blues tenure was widely criticised and he lasted just 16 months before he got the boot.

He rebuilt his reputation somewhat with the Dutch national team but he defected to Barca before Euro 2020, and an ill-fated spell with the La Liga giants followed.

In fairness to Koeman, Barca have suffered from financial disasters and behind-the-scenes disputes, but he has to take a share in the blame for their awful form.

Thus, he may not be a hugely popular candidate to replace Gerrard, especially in contrast to someone like Giovanni van Bronckhorst, but he’s certainly got the big-club experience to handle the expectations at Ibrox.

Regardless, it’s hard to see Koeman getting the nod over van Bronckhorst, despite these latest reports.

In other Rangers news, this ex-Ibrox star has told the Gers why he does not want to succeed Gerrard as manager.