Next Rangers Manager

This Is Who Should Be The Next Rangers Manager

Rangers recently sacked their manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst and the question on everyone’s mind since then is – who should be the next Rangers manager?

We caught up with Alan Stubbs who knows a thing or two about Scottish football having played for Celtic and managed both Hibernian and St Mirren. Stubbs gave us his thoughts on who Rangers should appoint as their next manager and also weighed in on Damien Duff’s future managerial prospects.

Check out all his insights below!


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Who has to be appointed for Rangers to mount a serious comeback for the SPL league title?

Sean Dyche sticks out for me the most, he would get the club and would be a good fit. I’m not sure whether Gerrard would go back and Michael Beale has lost the last seven or so games for QPR – after a decent start, they’ve alarmingly fallen away.

No disrespect to QPR, but Rangers is a far bigger club so I’m a bit surprised by that one. Good coaches don’t always make good managers.

What sort of an impact do you see Rangers’ managerial change having on Celtic’s season?

The fact that the Rangers board made the decision [to sack Van Bronckhorst] tells you that they were concerned with where the team are right now.

Within the space of a few games, the season could be over so the board have decided to act quickly. I’m a little bit surprised because they gave Steven Gerrard more time and it would’ve been interesting to see, had Rangers not won the league when they did, what they would’ve done then because that Celtic team was the worst I’ve seen in a number of years.

Former Celtic reserve team coach Damien Duff is now manager of Shelbourne, do you think his time for a big move could come in the future? 

I know Damien was highly-regarded at the time despite not being there for a very long time. Damien left for family reasons and he’s doing well enough at Shelbourne but in order to move to the next level, it’s up to Damien whether he thinks it’s the right time.

Duff would’ve learnt from Neil Lennon during his time at Celtic Park. As far as managers go, there can’t be many better to learn off than him?

Neil Lennon did really well at Celtic. He knew what Celtic was and the core of his players at the time were British-based and it helped. Neil has his own style and we all know him, he can blow his top on occasions and he can also be the complete opposite at other times so I’m sure that every player that goes into management has to have their own style even if you’ve worked under some really good coaches which Damien Duff would’ve done with his time at Blackburn and Chelsea.

Damien would’ve picked up different styles and tips from different managers and that’s what will help him mould into himself as a coach.

Henrik Larsson is undoubtedly a Celtic legend. How do you think he compares to the likes of Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane?

Henrik Larsson is up there with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane, there’s no doubt about that. I had the pleasure of playing with Henrik and Wayne and they were fantastic players.

For me, Wayne didn’t get the recognition that he should’ve because his record for England and Man United is outstanding and Wayne as a footballer was as good as they come.

Henrik was a different player to Wayne but just as effective. His movement and intelligence was top-drawer – he was an outstanding player and if I were to put together a list of players that I’ve had the pleasure to play with, Henrik would be up there [as one of the best].

Former Celt Tom Rogic was denied a WC call-up – do you think he could’ve been the difference for Australia at this tournament?

It’s difficult because as a manager you’re always going to come under scrutiny. I think Tom is a player that gives you something different – he can provide a match-winning moment. He’s got the quality to turn a game around and that’s why I was surprised that he wasn’t picked but that’s football.

Scottish-born striker Jason Cummings has revived his promising career since moving to Australia. Could he be the one that got away for Scotland?

Steve Clarke may possibly regret letting Jason Cummings switch allegiance to Australia. Jason has refound himself because before the move he was lost but he’s gone to Australia and it’s given him a new lease of life. Deep down I think he would’ve loved to be getting Scotland caps but he was in a predicament wondering how long he’ll have to wait for a chance and he’s decided to make use of his family heritage and play for Australia.


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