DICK ADVOCAAT will today officially take charge of Holland for the third time.

The former Rangers boss, 69, has agreed a short-term contract in an effort to guide his country to the World Cup Finals in Russia next summer.

And he is hoping Celtic defender Mikael Lustig and his Swedish international team-mates flop against France on Friday to help the Dutch resurrect their fading hopes after an awful start to the qualifying campaign saw previous gaffer Danny Blind sacked.

The Hoops vice-captain is likely to line up against the French in Stockholm while Advocaat will gets his players ready for the tie against Luxembourg on the same evening.

Captain Arjen Robben, who scored in the 5-0 friendly win over the Ivory Coast at the weekend, said: “We have to pray that France beat the Scandinavians.

“If we beat Luxembourg then we can still envisage taking second place to go into the play-offs.”

Advocaat, who will be manager with Ruud Gullit as his assistant until the turn of the year, faces a tough challenge to turn things around.

The Dutch are in fourth place in Group A with seven points, six adrift of leaders France, three behind Sweden and two away from Bulgaria.

Advocaat watch his country, with assistant Fred Grim in the dug-out, hammer the Ivorians, who are now coached by former Belgium boss Marc Wilmots, in Rotterdam.

As well as Robben, Joel Veltman (2), Davy Klaassen and Vincent Janssen got on the scoresheet.

Grim said:”Dick Advocaat arrives on Tuesday to coach the team. I think I’ve done good work to prepare the ground for him.

“This win will give us confidence before the Luxembourg match which we absolutely have to win.”


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