Rangers have seen their fair share of footballing legends over the years, and former Ajax and Barcelona icon Frank de Boer is one of them.
It is, in many ways, an honour to represent Rangers, one of the most successful teams in the land. Ibrox has housed some of the greatest players to have ever have played the game, the like of Ally McCoist, Paul Gascoigne, Ian Durrant, Barry Ferguson, Terry Butcher, Brian Laudrup and Davie Cooper all fortunate enough to strut their stuff in the famous blue shirt.
Indeed, such an iconic club deserves equally special players, and Frank de Boer was one of them – on paper at least. The former Ajax rock sat at the back during a period of complete dominance for the Dutch club, winning five domestic titles and the Champions League in 1995. He was one of the pioneers of the modern beautiful game; a multi-talented player who possessed both the ability to create and defend with equal amounts of zeal.
You would have thought that De Boer, heading into the twilight years of his illustrious career, would have wanted to finish at a club like Rangers. But apparently not.
“I’ve read this information and it’s false; I think that in a week I’ll talk to Barcelona about an extension to my contract,” the player explained upon hearing news of his link-up with broker Ronald (as per Sky Sports).
“I am not looking for a new team; In an ideal world, I would finish my career at Barca and I really can’t see myself playing in Scotland.”
The former Netherlands international joined Rangers in 2004 (as per BBC News). Despite claiming that he wanted a return to the level he used to play at in prep for the Euros that year, De Boer only managed 16 appearances for the club before moving on to Qatari side Al-Rayyan.
Pretty uneventful stuff.
He has since taken up management to mixed results. Four consecutive Dutch titles with Ajax were quickly followed by a disastrous period in Italy with Inter Milan, where he sacked after just 14 games in charge – and, as far as we are concerned, will go down as one of the clubs worst ever coaches.
Just when we thought things could not get any worse though, Crystal Palace happened. Now that blew us off our feet. How could one man be that bad, you might ask? We are yet to know. After some choice words on Jose Mourinho’s management style and handling of prospect Marcus Rashford, the Portuguese tactician hit back and called the former Palace boss the ‘worst manager in the history of the Premier League’ (as per BBC Sport).
Frank de Boer now manages MLS outfit Atalanta United, and we cannot say things are going much better for him across the pond – winning just three games, drawing two and losing four. Not great for a side who were crowned champions last season.
Rangers fans, what are some of your standout memories of Frank de Boer (if any)? Join the discussion by commenting below…