The Turkey legend will assist the Italian in his new role with Galatasaray
Roberto Mancini may have his hands full in turning around Galatasaray’s poor start to the season, but the good news is he’ll have a little help from Rangers legend Tugay as he looks to establish himself in the Super Lig.
The Italian put pen to paper on a contract with the Turkish Club earlier today, replacing the outgoing Fatih Terim, who walked away from the job following a poor start to the current campaign.
Mancini may boast league titles in England and Italy, but the prospect of playing week-in, week-out in Turkey is an entirely different one, which could prove too much for a manager known for his fiery temperament.
Thank goodness then that the Italian will be ably-assisted by Tugay Kerimoğlu, a player with experience of playing in both the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers and in Scotland with Glasgow Rangers.
The tenacious midfield icon made 42 appearances for the Gers winning the Scottish Premier League and Cup double in 2000.
Since retiring from playing, he has established himself as a key figure behind the scenes at Gala, beginning life as a youth coach before moving into an assistant manager position alongside short-lived coach Gheorghe Hagi.
Should Tugay enjoy success alongside Mancini, then who knows? Perhaps he could make a long-awaited return to Ibrox and the fans that held him in such high regard.
The Turkish midfielder famously departed Glasgow under something of a cloud, after limited playing time under Dick Advocaat prompted the player to accept a move to Blackburn, where he would work with another club icon, Graeme Souness.
Yet at the time, Tugay made it clear to fans where his allegiances were.
"All I've ever wanted to do was play for Rangers and show the supporters what I was capable of,” he told Sky.
Now how many Gers fans would love to see what Tugay is capable of as a manager? I think the answer would surprise you.
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