Rangers have a ‘concrete’ interest in Royal Antwerp talent coordinator Zeb Jacbos, as per reports in Belgium.

The 26-year-old failed to establish himself as a professional player, allowing him to focus on a coaching role, and his success has seen him appear on the radar of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers.

Having previously worked as a youth trainer at KV Mechelen, he joined Royal Antwerp in May 2018, where his focus is on individual development of young players in the club’s academy.

Jacobs’ work for the Jupiler Pro League side has caught attention of Rangers, who ‘insist’ on signing him for the Scottish Premiership champions. That’s according to Gazet van Antwerpen.

It’s claimed the Ibrox club’s interest in the Belgian is firm and Rangers hope to ‘complete his arrival soon’. The newspaper doesn’t make it clear whether Rangers plan to hand Jacobs a role in their academy or with the first team.

On November 11th, Steven Gerrard left Rangers to become Dean Smith’s successor at Aston Villa. The former Liverpool star’s entire backroom staff followed him to Villa Park.

A week later, the Glasgow side confirmed Giovanni van Bronckhorst as Gerrard’s replacement.