Fans of managerless Rangers react as former favourite Gennaro Gattuso gets Milan job

Rangers fans are seen during the Scottish Cup Quarter final match between Rangers and Hamilton Academical at Ibrox Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Milan replaced Vincenzo Montella with Rino Gattuso in the blinking of an eye while Rangers are still without a replacement for Pedro Caixinha.

Rangers Manager Pedro Caixinha during the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at the Ibrox Stadium on June 29, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

That’s how you hire a new manager Rangers. While the blue half of Glasgow have had to wait over a month for the club to replace Pedro Caixinha, AC Milan sacked Vincenzo Montella and had a new man in the dugout within a matter of hours.

Former Italy striking great Montella was handed his P45 on Monday morning after Milan’s goalless draw with Torino in Serie A left them 18 points adrift of leaders Napoli, down in seventh place after a run of two wins in nine. This is the same Milan that spent over £200 million on a whole host of new talent in the summer.

And Gattuso, the snarling ankle biter of a midfielder who had been coaching the club’s youth team, will now take his place at the helm.

AC Milan juvenile coach Gennaro Gattuso salute the crowd during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Cagliari Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 27, 2017 in Milan, Italy.

Clearly, Milan had a plan in place for when the axe began to fall on Montella. Which is something Rangers obviously neglected to think about despite the inevitability of Caixinha’s departure.

This is not to say that Rangers should have considered Gattuso themselves, however - even if the 39-year-old told the BBC in 2015 that it was his ‘dream’ to return to Ibrox, where he played in his younger days between 1997 and 1999.

8 Nov 1997:   Rino Gattuso of Rangers takes a dive off Tommy Boyd of Celtic's challenge during the Bells Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox in Glasgow, Scotland. Rangers won 1-0. \...

After all, Gattuso the manager is far less successful than Gattuso the player so far. Bizarrely, his Pisa side were relegated from Serie B last season despite boasting the league’s second best defensive record.

But it’s the speed of Milan’s appointment, rather than the identity of their new boss, that should have Rangers fans asking questions of their board.

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