Rangers have confirmed Zeb Jacobs will leave the club at the end of the season.

The academy director will leave Ibrox in the summer to join Eredivisie club Feyenoord.

Jacobs was targeted as a top candidate to take over as academy chief with Rini Coolen departing the club.

Feyenoord's technical director Dennis te Kloese pinpointed Jacobs, 29, as the ideal candidate and the Rotterdam club wants him in place as soon as possible.

Jacobs had a clause in his Ibrox contract meaning only a one-month notice period is required.

And reports in the Netherlands suggested there was no need for Feyenoord to approach Rangers to open discussions with Jacobs.

A Rangers statement confirmed: "Rangers FC can confirm Academy Director Zeb Jacobs will leave the club at the end of the season for Feyenoord.

"Zeb will leave Rangers with the best wishes of everyone at the club."

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Jacobs, who was previously Head of Development at Royal Antwerp, revealed earlier this year some of the unusual methods he has been using at Auchenhowie.

He said: "We sometimes train barefoot.

"We speak about being innovative as one of our key pillars and take learning as a starting point, not football.

“What we know from a skill development perspective is that feet have millions of sensitive neurones and receptors.

"The amount of touches is much more sensible without boots, than with boots. Secondly from an injury prediction perspective, it’s just really healthy to play and walk on your bare feet.

"From a technical perspective to play and master the ball, and secondly from a movement perspective, we know from research there’s a massive benefit on learning.

"We come up with crazy ideas but we believe we need to think outside the box. If we want to become a producing academy, what we believe we can be, we need to make sure we keep challenging the staff in different things.

"And make this club and academy a producing one across Scotland and Europe because we have the best young talent, and the best programme, in Scotland."