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Look at him now: Dick Advocaat and Rangers

Look at him now: Dick Advocaat and Rangers - Look at them now

Dick Advocaat may have only been the Rangers manager for three years, however, there is no doubt that he had plenty of success with the Light Blues.

The Dutchman, who became the club’s first ever foreign manager, managed to guide the Ibrox outfit to an impressive domestic treble in the 1998/99 campaign, after being able to bring some huge names to the club.

The likes of Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Andrei Kanchelskis joined him at the club in the summer and were crucial to helping them lift three trophies. Advocaat also helped guide Rangers to a place in the round of 16 of the then-UEFA Cup that year.

The following year, the Dutchman secured a Scottish Premiership and Scottish Cup double as well as leading the club in the Champions League, where they faced the likes of Bayern Munich, Valencia and PSV Eindhoven in the group stage.

However, things did not get go to plan in his third season at the helm of the Ibrox outfit, as he finished the campaign trophyless and problems started to emerge. Advocaat decided to call time on being the club’s manager in December 2001 and was handed a position of a general manager, although that did not last too long.


Since his days at Rangers, to say Advocaat has been around the world would be an understatement and can be rather difficult to follow.

Now 71-years-old, the Dutchman had spells as manager of the Holland national team, Borussia Monchengladbach, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Zenit St Petersburg, Belgium and AZ Alkmaar all before the end of 2010.

However, his journey continued as he was appointed the manager of Russia for two years before returning to Holland to manage PSV and then AZ once again. Serbia then came calling before he returned to Britain where he took control of Sunderland and managed to keep them in the Premier League.

He resigned in his second campaign at the Stadium of Light before heading to Turkey to manage Fenerbache for just under a year as he was appointed the Holland national manager once again – still following?

In 2017, he was announced as the Sparta Rotterdam boss, before he joined Utrecht where he is currently employed until the end of the season.

And, it seems Advocaat could be prepared to make a return to Scotland, with the Scottish Sun claiming the 71-year-old is keen on the national job following Alex McLeish’s sacking, who coincidently replaced the Dutchman at Ibrox many moons ago.


Whether he will get the job remains to be seen, however, what is certain is that Advocaat certainly does not like to get too comfortable wherever he is.

Rangers fans, how do you look back on Advocaat’s time at Ibrox? Join in with the discussion below by sharing your thoughts with us.


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