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Ajax boss using Rangers experience to try convince Rafael van der Vaart to snub Celtic

Frank De Boer spent six months at Rangers in 2004.

Last month it was reported by The Scotsman that Celtic were keen on the signature of former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutchman has made his intention to leave Hamburg SV in the summer clear and that has alerted the attention of several clubs across Europe, including, it seems, Celtic.

RVDV, something of a cult hero at Tottenham Hotspur after his two-year stint at the club, has over 100 caps for the Dutch national team and has also played for the likes of Ajax and Real Madrid - so he would undoubtedly be an incredible signing from The Bhoys.

His agent however recently opened up about his future, admitting that a return to Ajax is a likely option.

Robert Geerlings told De Telegraaf last week:

"Rafael has indicated that Ajax is a serious option.

"But at this moment he is only concerned with one thing: Saving Hamburg SV from relegation. There lies his full focus."

Now, the Ajax boss has suggested he should make his way back to Amsterdam, telling him to do what he did when he joined Glasgow Rangers in 2004.

Frank De Boer is the Ajax boss, and he moved to Rangers to join up with his brother Ronald after a difficult spell in Turkey with Galatasaray. It was a great move for him, and he got into shape ahead of Euro 2004 - where he remained a part of the Dutch set-up.

Now Ajax manager, he is advising Van Der Vaart to come to Ajax, in similar circumstances to when he switched Istanbul for Glasgow.

He is quoted by SoccerNews.nl as stating:

"I still think he can add great value. Despite his tumultuous private life he has always been focused on the football, I think he's a true professional."

"I wanted to experience Euro 2004, very much so. That had to be my last show. I went to Glasgow Rangers, where I earned 20,000 in six months. It is my point that I was fit enough for the European Championships. I was record international and wanted to finish properly."

It seems the ex-Rangers man is trying his best to convince the Celtic target that Amsterdam is the best location for him.

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