BERT Konterman doesn’t see any reason why Rangers shouldn’t be lifting a league and cup double come May.
The former Gers defender, who starred at Ibrox from 2000-2003, is confident in Mark Warburton’s new look Light Blues squad.
But he has a warning for the backline when they come up against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Cup fifth round this weekend – don’t underestimate former star striker Kris Boyd.
45-year-old Konterman said:
“Why can’t they win the double? I really believe they can.
Hibs and Rangers are special in the Championship and when you compare that with the average level in the premiership they can beat them.”
“They can maybe even beat Celtic if they have an off day and Rangers and Hibs had a top day, especially in cup games because you never know which way it will go.
“The advantage of playing at home this weekend is nice and they will have learnt a lot from the game against St Johnstone, this is a good challenge a couple of months later. I would say 3-2 to Rangers if I had to predict the score.
“I remember playing against Kris Boyd when he was at Kilmarnock the first time, he was a young lad then just coming up and I remember him as a good header of the ball.
“He was strong and protected the ball well, he was a finisher and he’s not really a runner but he’s good in the 18-yard box and Rangers could still be careful.
“What I’ve seen in the highlights on Rangers TV make me really satisfied with the way Mark Warburton is managing the club now.
“He has a vision to play a passing game and he’s been rewarded so far with being top of the table. They are going for the title, there’s no doubt about that.”
“When this team are playing in the highest division next season they will have a dynamic team and I like dynamic football.
“They also have the combination of younger players and average age players, which is good and it’s a team with a future and that’s what I like about Warburton’s vision.”
Konterman’s most famous cup moment came in the League Cup semi-final when he scored a wonder goal but he has fond memories of lifting two Scottish Cups in his time at Ibrox.
Now back coaching in his native Holland he admits to missing the magic of British cup competitions – so much so it’s tempting him to return to Scotland.
He said: “Every football player wants to win prizes so the more prizes the better and I was so happy to win two Scottish Cups.
“It’s always difficult to explain how cups in the UK feel, Scotland as well as England, because in Holland they have no clue about it.”
“Cup football in Holland doesn’t really matter but here when you play a cup game the atmosphere is fantastic and the ambiance is what you live for as a player.
“It’s always nice to be back in Glasgow, this is still a bit of a home country for me.
“I am coaching FC Twente’s Under 19s, it should be 40 hours a week but it’s 50 hours a week because you bring it home as well. In the future I want to do more of that because I really enjoy it.
“I nearly have my UEFA pro license so maybe next year I can become a trainer or coach of a club in Scotland – who knows!
It won’t be Rangers though; Mark Warburton is doing a great job so I’ll leave him there.”