The Rangers fans here propping up the bar in the Transfer Tavern aren’t wholly convinced about Graeme Murty. While the former Reading defender has undoubtedly done a good job in steadying the ship after the awful Pedro Caixinha era, whether or not he’s the man to lead a sustained title challenge next season is up for debate.
To that end, perhaps the Light Blues should consider a bigger name at the end of the season. In fact, perhaps they should consider bringing a big name back to Ibrox. Indeed, former Gers star Frank De Boer recently hinted he’d be keen on managing the Glasgow giants one day and a reunion could prove fruitful for both parties.
De Boer – who was recently described by Jose Mourinho as the ‘worst manager’ in Premier League history – needs a big job to restore his public image. Despite succeeding at Ajax, the former Barcelona and Holland defender has struggled at both Inter Milan and Crystal Palace, being sacked after just 77 days by the Eagles earlier this season.
However, the Dutchman played an attractive brand of attacking football in Amsterdam to great success and perhaps wasn’t as bad as his Palace record suggested. Furthermore, not many managers have made Inter Milan work since the days of Mourinho himself, so it may have been a case of the right man at the wrong time during his last two managerial stints.
Brendan Rodgers has largely changed the perception about him following his move to Celtic after a rather miserable end to his Liverpool tenure and is now breaking records at Parkhead, so there is certainly a precedent in Scottish football. De Boer could largely do the same with Rangers and his previous connection to the club can only make things easier as he looks to bed in to get his coaching career back on track.
There are some good footballers currently at Rangers’ disposal. Indeed, the likes of Graham Dorrans, Sean Goss and Jordan Rossiter can form an effective midfield trio, while the likes of James Tavernier and Declan John can bomb forward on the wings to help create a vibrant 4-3-3 system in Glasgow.
Perhaps it’d be a tad harsh on Murty, though the De Boer to Rangers this summer makes total sesnse.