Ronald Koeman to Rangers claims grow legs as family link emerges
Speculation continues to mount that Ronald Koeman could be named as the next manager of Rangers, as the Daily Record noted on their website.
The Dutchman has generally been considered an outsider but there were reports beginning to emerge on Sunday that he is in consideration to succeed Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.
Indeed, the Daily Record have now directed followers to news emanating in Israel, where Koeman’s brother, Erwin, is managing.
Erwin Koeman is in charge of Beitjar Jerusalem and the newspaper claims this development is “worth noting”.
Writing on their personal Twitter profile, the Tel-Aviv Rangers supporters club, followed and now involved with the Gers’ official media partner Heart and Hand Podcast, detailed the news recently coming out of Israel.
“Reports in Israel that Rangers are set to appoint a ‘Dutch manager’ today,” they wrote.
“However, it may not be the one we were expecting. Ronald Koeman is being heavily tipped over here. His brother Erwin is manager of Beitar Jerusalem and info seems to have come from there.”
As it stands, the two frontrunners for the Ibrox job both hail from the Netherlands, and had distinguished playing careers.
Koeman had the better of the two as one of the most talented players of his generation, but Giovanni van Bronckhorst captained his nation in a World Cup final and brings a great degree of pedigree himself.
Indeed, he is the one who currently holds a better reputation in management after a successful stint at Feyenoord that saw him break their long-standing Eredivise duck.
Koeman, meanwhile, has seen recent spells at Everton and Barcelona fail, while his personality has also come under question.
It remains to be seen how strong this Koeman link is – van Bronckhorst has definitely held talks with Rangers but the identity of the other two candidate is unknown – but it wouldn’t be a surprise to hear that the Gers have been in contact with him.
Israel may be a strange place for Rangers rumours to emanate, but the presence of Erwin Koeman in Israel does add an element of credibility to it, as does the tweet coming from someone involved with Rangers’ official media partner, Heart and Hand podcast.
It’s certainly one to keep an eye on over the coming hours and, potentially, days, though van Bronckhorst appears to be the favourite among the Ibrox faithful.
In other Rangers news, the club’s stance on this ex-Swansea man has been shared after manager talks were held.