Rangers fans here in the Tavern are anxiously waiting on the future of manager Graeme Murty, as many have loved life under the Englishman so far this season.
Our local residents are delighted to have Graeme Murty at the helm after bringing success to Ibrox so far this season, with an outside chance of securing the Scottish Premiership title showing just how far the Bluenoses have come. And, a win in the Old Firm derby at the weekend could go a long way to deciding the future of the Englishman, as supporters wait anxiously on the club’s decision at the end of the season.
However, the future of Murty is still all but confirmed as other potential candidates could come into the picture, as the hierarchy are looking to plan for a future filled with silverware at Ibrox. And, with a place in the European group stages for next season being of great importance to the club, the Rangers chief’s lack of experience could see them fail in the qualifying stages for a second successive season.
Therefore, with the club’s hierarchy still yet to make a decision on who they’ll appoint permanently at the end of the season, here’s a look at TWO potential managers that the Bluenoses should be monitoring…
Marco Silva is one of the most highly-rated managers in the footballing world, after successful stints at Olympiacos, Estoril and Sporting Lisbon. Although, he did struggle during his time in the English Premier League, after being sacked by Hull City last campaign and Watford earlier on this season.
But, there’s no doubt that the Portuguese manager has the potential to become one of the world’s best, with the 40-year-old hopeful that he can replicate his previous career results in a fresh new role.
Therefore, with Rangers struggling to make it in Europe since returning to the Scottish Premieship, Silva has previous European experience at three of the five clubs he’s managed so far which could come in handy.
Frank de Boer was one of the most exciting bosses in world football prior to his stint at Premier League side Crystal Palace, having proved his managerial qualities at Ajax earlier on in his career.
However, an unsuccessful spell at Inter Milan was followed by the 47-year-old only managing to stay in charge of Palace for five matches, but going from the Eredivisie to the San Siro and then onto the Premier League was always going to be difficult.
Although, there’s no doubt that Rangers could benefit from bringing the Dutchman back to the club, having won the Dutch title four times and also has a Dutch Super Cup to his name. And, with silverware being a guarantee if you give the former Crystal Palace boss time, this could finally see Rangers challenge for the Scottish title once again.