Rangers could reportedly be set to turn to out-of-work coach Scott Parker to fill Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s void at Ibrox, with it yet to be seen just who will be the Dutchman’s successor.
What’s the word?
Despite reports that the Old Firm outfit would hold fire during the World Cup break, the Scottish Premiership side ultimately took decisive action to show the 47-year-old the door earlier this week, with the former Feyenoord boss having been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks.
While Van Bronckhorst had guided the club to Scottish Cup glory last term and also reached the Europa League final, a dismal Champions League run and below-par league form ultimately saw his position become untenable, with the recent draw with St Mirren having seemingly proved the final straw.
With the Gers now looking to fill that vacancy, journalist Dean Jones – speaking to GIVEMESPORT – has suggested that the aforementioned Parker could one of the names in the mix, with the respected source stating: “Scott Parker is actually one that I’ve heard.”
Could do a ‘brilliant job’
The Englishman could well be an attainable target having also found himself out of job earlier this season, with the 42-year-old having been axed by Premier League side Bournemouth following a 9-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool.
While that departure had come after the former England international had publicly called out the Cherries’ hierarchy regarding their summer recruitment, prior to that Parker had seemingly done a “brilliant job” on the south coast, in the words of West Ham United’s David Moyes.
Having been appointed in the summer of 2021, the Lambeth-born coach went on to guide the club back to the top flight in his debut season in charge, securing automatic promotion behind champions, Fulham.
The former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder had previously taken the Cottagers into the top tier during the 2019/20 campaign via the playoffs, before leaving his post a year later after suffering an instant return back into the Championship.
Despite the final outcome, those two promotions in just his first two managerial posts are a clear sign of Parker’s talent, having previously been “highly thought of” while doing his coaching badges, according to pundit Gary Neville on The Overlap.
Appointing what is a relatively up-and-coming coach would be something of a gamble as far as Rangers are concerned, although the Englishman has certainly proven his credentials amid his success south of the border in recent times. Indeed, he could just replicate his ‘brilliant job’ with the Cherries north of the border.