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Seemed impossible 12 months ago, but Rangers could get Frank De Boer now

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Seemed impossible 12 months ago, but Rangers could get Frank De Boer now

But would Rangers want him after Graeme Murty’s performance as boss?

Rangers are currently the in-form team in Scottish football. Since Graeme Murty took caretaker charge they have been in fine form and are currently on a six-game winning streak.

Despite playing sumptuous football and closing the gap on rivals Celtic it is not a sure thing Murty will be in charge next season. He is currently only contracted to be in charge of Rangers until the summer, before returning to his development role.

A year ago Rangers were also on the lookout for a manager, after the sacking of Mark Warburton. In the end, they made a surprise move for Portuguese boss Pedro Caixinha – who had developed his reputation in Mexican football.

It proved to be a poor move and Caixinha did not last 12 months.

One name that came up during the search last year, however, was former Rangers player Frank De Boer.

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De Boer spent a small but memorable stint at Rangers in 2004, as he pushed for a place in the Euro 2004 squad for the Netherlands. He joined his brother Ronald at the club and last year, when Rangers were on the hunt, he was out of work after an 85-day stint at Inter Milan.

It was an idea that Rangers fans found very romantic. In the end, too much so in reality. De Boer had his eyes on something bigger after his Inter failure.

But now, 12 months on, Rangers could probably get him. The Dutchman has some repairing to do with his reputation in shatters. The Inter nightmare was largely put down to power struggles among the hierarchy. De Boer was absolved of much of the blame.

Last summer he got the role at Crystal Palace and his time with the Eagles was even worse.

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Palace looked confused, conflicted and lost in four Premier League games under De Boer. Without his team scoring a Premier League goal, De Boer was sacked.

De Boer’s reputation is in tatters. Rangers could probably land him at this moment in time. The Dutchman would see managing at Ibrox as a perfect platform to rebuild in a league he will feel he can conquer. One year ago the idea of De Boer heading to Rangers seemed laughable. Now, it almost makes perfect sense.

However, given the current form at Rangers, not many fans will want to see anyone but Murty get the top job at Ibrox. But if the Rangers board feel differently, bringing in cult hero De Boer might be one way to placate disgruntled fans.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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