Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson has told the Belfast Telegraph that the club are on the lookout for a manager with a winning mentality as speculation surrounding an intriguing move for Frank De Boer intensifies.
A number of names have been linked with the vacant Ibrox hot seat since Mark Warburton left the club last week with Tommy Wright and Derek McInnes, who have done fine work with St Johnstone and Aberdeen, heavily linked alongside the experienced Billy Davies.
Meanwhile, the Daily Record suggested that Alex McLeish, Rangers boss between 2001 and 2006, could return on an interim basis until the end of the season by which point De Boer, the most inspiring candidate, could take over.
And Robertson has suggested that Rangers could prioritise an exciting glamorous appointment, a la De Boer, over a ‘safe pair of hands’, a la McLeish.
“I think we need a strong character, with a strong mentality,” he told the Belfast Telegraph . “Someone who understands and gets what Rangers is all about. Whoever comes in is going to get the backing, there will be financial resources in terms of taking the club forward.
“But most of all we need someone who is a winner and someone who gets what this is all about and what Rangers is all about, which is winning. We are looking for the highest calibre possible, a club of this standing deserves the highest quality of manager.”
And this appears to point directly at De Boer. His spell at Inter Milan may have ended in disaster after just 14 games but the former Ajax boss is still the only manager in Eredivisie history to win the title four seasons in a row as manager.
Furthermore, he spent time at Ibrox at the end of his playing career in 2004 so the expectation of the Ibrox crowd will hardly catch him unaware.