Nerlinger knocks back Football Operations role at Rangers


Former Rangers midfielder Christian Nerlinger has rejected the offer to become Rangers’ Football Operations Officer following talks with the Ibrox club.

According to Sportsmail, Nerlinger met with Rangers chief executive Graham Wallace on two occasions in as many weeks to discuss the role, but decided to decline the job.

Nerlinger’s role of Football Operations Officer would have taken some of the managerial burden away from Ally McCoist, with player identification and recruitment being a major part of the position.

The German was at Rangers between 2001 and 2004, having been signed by then-Rangers manager Dick Advocaat for £1.8 million from Borussia Dortmund. However, injury curtailed his time at Ibrox making only 35 appearances and six goals scored before Advocaat’s successor Alex McLeish deemed him surplus to requirements and he moved to German side Kaiserslautern on a free transfer.

The German was Bayern Munich team manager in 2008 before being appointed sporting director the following year till 2012. During his time as sporting director, Bayern won one domestic double and were twice runners-up in the UEFA Champions League.

He also helped oversee the signings of Ivica Olic, Mario Gomez, Arjen Robben, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer.

Rangers will be stepping up their search for a Football Operations Officer ahead of the new season and former Ranger’s employee Scot Gardiner could be one candidate in the frame having left Premiership new boys Dundee at the end of June.


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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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