Zeb Jacobs set to join Rangers on January 2
Rangers have agreed a deal for Royal Antwerp head of development Zeb Jacobs, according to Belgian news outlet Voetbal Krant.
Jacobs, 26, is due to start work in Glasgow on January 2, 2022.
The Belgian talent coordinator works on the development of young players and is said to be a “solid loss” for Antwerp and the country as a whole.
Gio gets his man
Giovanni van Bronckhorst joined Rangers last week and has already set about devising his backroom staff at Ibrox.
Steven Gerrard’s exit to Aston Villa precipitated a host of exits among the coaching staff with key members like Gary McAllister and Michael Beale joining the ex-Rangers boss in Birmingham.
Rangers recently confirmed the arrival of Roy Makaay, Yori Bosschaart and Arno Phillips to Ibrox with van Bronckhorst adding some trusty lieutenants alongside him.
Legendary Dutch striker Makaay joins as first-team coach, Bosschaart as performance analyst and Phillips as fitness coach.
Jacobs’ role may be less senior than that of the aforementioned trio but he will be seen as just as important.
Van Bronckhorst will want to implement his philosophy across all age levels and ensure young players are getting the message, with a running theme throughout the club.
Jacobs will be crucial to that, despite his relative inexperience.
From Voetbal Krant’s report, it seems that he is highly-regarded in Belgium, and specifically at Antwerp, a side Rangers played in the Europa League last season.