One in, one out in terms of former Rangers players at SPFL League Two club Cowdenbeath.
The Blue Brazil have parted with Gary Bollan and in his place have installed Maurice Ross as their new manager.
A statement from the Fife club included:
“Cowdenbeath FC are delighted to announce that they have concluded an agreement with Maurice Ross who will now become the club’s new manager.”
“Maurice embarked on a coaching career and began his management career with Egersunds IK in Norway before taking charge at TB/FC Suouroy/Royn and then Vikingur in the Faroe Islands. He then was part of the coaching team at Motherwell and latterly was assistant manager at Notts County.”
As above, it would be unfair to describe Ross as a rookie, having already put in the the hard yards of learning his trade in management.
Previously, he spoke of his admiration for Jan Wouters – his coach at Rangers who worked alongside Dick Advocaat and subsequently, Alex McLeish during his time as a player at Ibrox.
In a fascinating piece by The Athletic, the duo reunited to share their mutual experiences.
Some younger fans may be unaware of the exploits of Ross at Rangers but it is fair to say that he was a success as a youth development product who probably did not fulfil his potential. Nontheless, 2x Scottish titles, 2x Scottish cups and 2x League cups tells its own story and is much more than better players achieved in their time at the club.
In regards to Bollan, he was more of a bit-part player during Walter Smith’s first spell during the 90s, with his time at the club broken up by injuries.
Amazingly, he played against Juventus and Borussia Dortmund yet only made a total of 11 appearances overall.
Cowdenbeath are currently rooted to the bottom of the League Two table so with the end of Bollan’s tenure, it is clear that Ross has his work cut out to ensure their status in the SPFL.
Best wishes to him in the new role.