Rangers must keep tabs on Ostersunds boss Graham Potter

Ostersunds' coach from England Graham Potter attends the UEFA Europa League group F fotball match Ostersund v Athletic Bilbao on October 18, 2017.

Rangers may still be in the market for a new manager this summer.

Ostersunds' coach from England Graham Potter attends the UEFA Europa League group F fotball match Ostersund v Athletic Bilbao on October 18, 2017.

The Europa League returns on Thursday night, and one of the most interesting ties in the last 32 of the competition sees Arsenal take on Swedish side Ostersunds.

Arsenal will head into the game as one of the favourites for the competition, but will be looking to bounce back from Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Tottenham with a win over one of the relative minnows of the competition.

Whilst Arsene Wenger's men are one of the biggest names left in the hat, Ostersunds have enjoyed a remarkable rise under English manager Graham Potter in recent years, and they will be looking for a huge giantkilling to add another chapter to their phenomenal story.

Ostersund's head coach Graham Potter reacts during the UEFA Europa League Group J football match between Zorya Lugansk and Ostersunds FK in Lviv on September 14, 2017.

Ostersunds were in the fourth tier of Swedish football in 2011, but are now taking on Arsenal for a spot in the last 16 of the Europa League, with boss Potter certainly the one who deserves the credit.

Potter, 42, took charge of Ostersunds in 2011 and has masterminded their remarkable run in recent years, and if any club should be taking notice of his exploits over the years and against Arsenal, it's Rangers.

Rangers have handed Graeme Murty the managerial reins until the end of the season, but Dave King and co will be re-assessing the situation this summer, and Potter must be one name under consideration.

Ostersund's head coach Graham Potter (R) shakes hands with Zorya's head coach Iurii Vernydub (L) before the UEFA Europa League Group J football match between Zorya Lugansk and Ostersunds...

The Englishman has worked a miracle getting Ostersunds where they are, and that path to success would stand him in good stead for returning Rangers to their former glories, and he has thrived with a 4-4-2 setup, helping nurture young players such as Hosam Aiesh, Curtis Edwards, Ken Sema, Jamie Hopcutt and Saman Ghoddos.

Rangers fans may want somebody with experience in Scotland, but if the Gers board are looking for a young manager who can take the club into Europe and challenge Celtic down the line, then Potter must be an option – and Rangers should be paying close attention on Thursday night.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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