Ex-Rangers and Sunderland midfielder backs former Burnley boss for Ibrox vacancy following Giovanni van Bronckhorst sacking

Former Sunderland and Rangers midfielder Alex Rae believes that ex-Burnley boss Sean Dyche would be a good fit at Ibrox.

The 55-time Scottish champions are on the hunt for a new manager following the sacking of Dutchman Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who had been in charge for just over a year having replaced title-winning Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.

A club statement read: "Rangers Football Club confirms it has parted company with manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst. The board would like to put on record sincere thanks to Gio for all his efforts since his appointment as manager.

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"Arriving at the club just over a year ago, Gio led the club to a fifth European final and won the Scottish Cup last May. He also led the team to the club’s first Champions League qualification in 12 years.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 27: St Mirren Manager Alex Rae looks on during the Scottish Championship match between Rangers and St. Mirren at Ibrox Stadium on February 27, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty images)

"Unfortunately, results and performances over recent months haven’t met expectations and the decision was made by the board to terminate the contract of the manager.

"The search for the new manager is now underway."

QPR manager Michael Beale is the odds on favourite for the role, while Kevin Muscat is also in the running according to bookmakers, but Dyche is a 6/1 chance and third favourite for the position.

"When you look at the timing of the sacking, it makes sense,” said Rae, in a conversation with Grosvenor Sport. “There's time to appoint a new manager who will have time with the squad before the league resumes.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - APRIL 06: Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley reacts during the Premier League match between Burnley and Everton at Turf Moor on April 06, 2022 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

"You can't afford to lose points in that manner and to the teams they've lost to recently. One of the things I've realised with football in recent years is that the injuries the managers have to deal with become secondary, and it's all about results now.

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"When you're losing points in games when you should be winning, it becomes very difficult, and at this stage, Celtic don't seem to be dropping many points.

“There are interesting candidates out there, if you look at Sean Dyche, with the experience he has, he'll need reassurance there's money to be spent to give him a fighting chance.

"Celtic have spent in the last few transfer windows, so whoever comes in will need a guarantee for signings to be made in the transfer windows.”