By Joe Ellis

27th Jul, 2022 | 9:42am

Rangers staff appointment nears as Ceri Bowley posts Twitter goodbye to City Group

Rangers could be getting nearer to an important new staff appointment in the City Football Group’s Head of Coaching Support, Ceri Bowley.

The Athletic reported on 12 July that Bowley was set to take up a coaching role at Auchenhowie and aid Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who worked with Bowley at CFG in 2019, in decisions for the first team.

He has had to work the duration of his notice however which has delayed his move from his base in Manchester with the Premier League champions but he has now posted his goodbyes to CFG on Twitter.

“Memories that will stay with me forever. City Football Group, Thank You,” Bowley said along with a quote from Albert Schweitzer reading, “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”

Even the best managers in the world can’t do everything by themselves and van Bronckhorst recognises the need for support from his fellow coaches.

Bowley is a particularly shrewd appointment with his previous experience leading his own group of coaches allowing the Dutchman to focus more on transfers and team selection during the critical moments of the season.

Dave Vos remains as the club’s assistant manager which should allow the new recruit to settle in Glasgow and then set about stamping his own authority on the club without overpowering van Bronckhorst.

This appointment could also strengthen links between the Scottish Cup champions and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City who are the biggest club within CFG and have a number of talented young players that could be of use to the Light Blues if the opportunity arises.

It is always worth having a good relationship with every club you can because you just never know when that connection might come to benefit you down the line.

In other Rangers news, a former Gers ace has laid down the gauntlet for one of van Bronckhorst’s on-edge players to stand up and be counted.