Andries Ulderink Rangers coach option profiled as Royal Antwerp assistant could replace Alex Rae

Andries Ulderink is reportedly set to move to Rangers to become part of Philippe Clement's coaching team.

The Ibrox boss is looking to bolster his backroom staff with an assault on the Premiership title planned for next season after Celtic lifted the trophy this term. The manager currently has Stephan Van Der Heyden as his number two while Alex Rae is also working with the management duo. The latter, however, is out of contract in the summer with questions remaining as to whether or not he will remain in Glasgow.

That would potentially leave some space for a new staff member and Ulderink has been contacted by the club to sound out his desire to make the move. But where has he worked and what has been said about him? Here, Football Scotland has taken a look at his credentials.

Who is Andries Ulderink?

The Dutchman, 54, has been coaching for almost 30 years having not played professionally at any high level. He's been working in recent years as Mark van Bommel's assistant at Royal Antwerp in Belgium but is now looking for a new challenge and Ibrox is calling.

Where else has he worked?

Ulderink has had a varied coaching career. At just 25-years-old he had his first management gig at fifth tier Aalten ZSV before he would eventually move on. He has worked at Ajax with their B-team where he met Jaap Stam having also plied his trade with Be Quick '28, Go Ahead Eagles and De Graafschap. He also worked in South Africa with Ajax Cape Town.

He would eventually become Reading assistant under Stam in 2016 and stay for two years for his first crack at football in the UK.

What's been said about him?

Stam knows all about the coach and believes he's a key component in his role. "I spoke to him about his philosophy, what he wanted to do and it clicked," Stam said. "He has got a lot of experience in coaching, managing, making schedules and everything. That was what I needed; you do not always need to be a professional player to do well in a certain league."