Having taken over reins from Steven Gerrard, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been on the lookout to recruit the best in business as part of his coaching staff, and the most recent to have come in the Dutchman’s radar is former Bayern striker Roy Makaay.
Having previously collaborated in 2015 at Feyenoord in the Netherlands, the two have joined hands for a second time around as Makaay joins the ranks as an assistant to the first team at Ibrox.
Throughout his playing career, Makaay remained a fearsome figure for the opposition defenders. He had prolific seasons in multiple European leagues including Eredivisie for Vitesse and subsequently in the Spanish top-flight where he lifted the first league title in Deportivo La Coruna’s history, with staggering stats of 22 goals in 36 appearances!
His consistency on goal and lethal finishing attracted the German giants Bayern Munich, who ended up procuring his service after striking a multimillion deal in 2003. The Dutchman certainly enjoyed his time in Germany having notched up 78 goals and multiple UCL hat-tricks for his club.
Makaay is thus clearly overqualified for this job, and having him on board should bolster the Rangers’ attacking prowess.
With the appointment of Yori Bosschart as the performance analyst and Arno Phillips taking up the role of fitness coach, Gio’s backroom ensemble is now complete. As this new regime takes over the wheel, the Rangers fans would be eager to see a reinvigoration in the state of affairs both on and off the field.
Here’s a glimpse of just how good Roy Makaay was at Bayern Munich –