By Nick Ware

17th Nov, 2021 | 3:40pm

Robin van Persie mooted as potential Rangers coach under Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Robin van Persie has been mooted as a surprise contender for a role in the Rangers backroom staff if Giovanni van Bronckhorst is appointed as manager.

The Daily Record claim this “box office” appointment is “more plausible” than links to Ibrox during the Dutchman’s playing days, with the ex-Arsenal hitman “green enough around the edges to consider Ibrox”.

The two-time Premier League golden-boot winner is currently coaching at Eredivisie outfit Feyenoord, and it was there that he saw out the final 18 months of his playing career under former Netherlands teammate van Bronckhorst.

Close alliance

The pair obviously have a strong working relationship as they played on numerous occasions for the Netherlands national team, both earning over 100 caps for their country.

Teammates then became player and coach as van Bronckhorst brought van Persie back to Rotterdam.

The duo won the KVNB Cup together, and they could look to renew their relationship at Ibrox.

Van Bronckhorst is reported to be looking at coaches to bring to Govan as the Gers look to fill void the left by Steven Gerrard and his backroom staff.

Van Persie was well-known as an ultra-confident striker that dripped in elegance on the field, and his hunger for success saw him make the controversial move from Arsenal to Manchester United in 2012, a transfer tha ultimately paid off as the Red Devils secured the title that season, with van Persie claiming the golden boot.

He would join another Premier League goalscoring hero in Jermain Defoe if he did move to Ibrox.

That would be quite the enticement for any strikers pondering a move to Rangers.

In other Rangers news, Atletico Madrid are plotting a January bid to sign this player from Ibrox.