Rangers Look To Snare Away Development Head From Foreign Club

Rangers are pushing to complete a move for Zeb Jacobs, the talent coordinator and head of development at Belgian side Royal Antwerp.

The Scottish giants have been giving special attention to strengthening their roots in recent seasons by providing pathways for their academy starlets to break through to the first team.

With sporting director Ross Wilson overseeing proceedings, youth development has been an area of focus and the Gers are keen on raising the standards even further.

According to Belgian daily Gazet van Antwerpen, Rangers have zeroed in on Royal Antwerp’s head of development Jacobs and are now keen on bringing him to Ibrox.

Jacobs, who also works as the talent coordinator at the Bosuilstadion, is responsible for the individual development of young players in the club’s youth academy.

The Scottish champions see him as a valuable addition to their staff and are now hoping to seal a deal for him soon.

With the appointment of Giovanni van Bronckhorst as their new boss, Rangers have entered a new era of leadership and it remains to be seen whether Jacobs will also walk in through the door at Ibrox with the club witnessing a sea of change.

In addition to working at Royal Antwerp, Jacobs also has experience of working at KV Mechelen as a youth coach.

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I Could Not Believe What I Was Watching On Sunday

Barry Ferguson has conceded that he could not believe how poor Rangers were in their defeat to Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi-final on Sunday.

Hibernian raced into a three-goal lead in the first half and while Scott Arfield got one back before the break, Rangers never looked like getting back into the game in the second half.

It has been more than ten years since Rangers won a domestic cup and Sunday was another one of their disappointing days in cup games.

Ferguson insisted that Rangers are big enough to be winning domestic cups and conceded that the performance from his former club was atrocious at the weekend.

He admitted that he could not believe how bad Rangers were on the day and feels the disappointing part was that Hibernian showed more desire and commitment to win the game than the Glasgow giants.

The former Rangers captain said on the Go Radio Football Show: “Rangers as a football club should be getting to finals and winning finals.

“The performance, I couldn’t believe what I was watching. You are in the semi-final at the national stadium.

“Hibs, for me, looked as if they wanted it more and that’s disappointing to say that.

“They had more desire and had more about them.”

Rangers will have their new manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst in the dugout when they host Sparta Prague on Thursday night.

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Frank Lampard Would Be Huge Appointment For Rangers – Jamie O’Hara

Jamie O’Hara is of the view that Frank Lampard would be a huge appointment for Rangers if they get him, given the credentials the former Chelsea boss currently has on his CV.

The Gers have been thrust into an impromptu managerial hunt following the surprise exit of former boss Steven Gerrard, who took the reins Premier League outfit Aston Villa last week.

Rangers are going through a clutch of names at the moment, with former Light Blue Giovanni van Bronckhorst the leading candidate, while ex-Chelsea boss Lampard has also been linked with the Ibrox hot-seat.

And according to former Premier League star O’Hara, Lampard would not be taking a risk if he succeeds Gerrard at Rangers, as he has left the club in a strong position in the Scottish Premiership while putting together a decent squad during his tenure.

“I think if Lampard takes the Rangers job, I do not think it is a risk”, O’Hara said on talkSPORT.

“They are top of the league, they have got a decent squad, Gerrard has left them in a really good state.”

O’Hara feels Lampard would be a huge appointment for the Scottish giants if they hire him, given he has already managed European giants Chelsea, while also guiding them in the Champions League.

“You have got to look at the fact that Lampard has managed Chelsea.

“Gerrard got that job with no experience whatsoever, which was a huge job for him and he has gone in and done a good job.

“But Lampard has to go in there and back himself to do, if not better than Gerrard, because he had experience of managing Derby [County], managing Chelsea in the Premier League, Champions League football he has got, I think Lampard goes in there with huge credentials.

“It is a huge appointment for Rangers if they get him.”

It remains to be seen who the Rangers hierarchy will bring in to replace Gerrard, however they are tipped to take their time to land the right man with sporting director Ross Wilson leading proceedings.

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