Giovanni van Bronckhorst: Rangers new manager checks into Ibrox as Steven Gerrard replacement confirmed

Rangers have confirmed Giovanni van Bronckhorst as the club's new manager.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been confirmed as the new Rangers manager. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

The 46-year-old becomes the 17th manager in the club’s history, replacing Steven Gerrard who left for Aston Villa a week ago.

Van Bronckhorst quickly emerged as the front runner to take over the Ibrox hotseat and held positive talks with Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson at the weekend.

Sign up to our Football newsletter

Sign up to our Football newsletter

It is understood the club held talks with other candidates but the 106-time Netherlands international remained the favoured option.

Van Bronckhorst played more than 110 times for Rangers. Picture: SNS

The announcement comes ahead of Rangers’ Premier Sports Cup semi-final clash with Hibs on Sunday.

Van Bronckhorst spent three seasons at Ibrox as a player in the late 90s to early 2000s under countryman Dick Advocaat, impressing as a technical midfielder before making an £8million move to Arsenal.

As a manager, he enjoyed notable success at Dutch giants Feyenoord. Having had two spells at Rotterdam club as a player, he led them to their first league title in 18 years, plus two KNVB Cups.

He then spent last year as manager of Chinese side Guangzhou R&F.

“I am absolutely delighted to be returning to Rangers as the club’s new manager," Van Bronckhorst said.

“I feel so lucky to be going to work with a squad which is in a great position on all fronts and largely has that experience of being winners.

“I look forward to carrying on and enhancing the work that has been done already alongside Ross Wilson and the board of the club, and I’m grateful for the chance to work again at this huge football club.

“I cannot wait to meet the club’s incredible supporters again and begin this new era for us all.”

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this article. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by coronavirus impacts our advertisers.

If you haven't already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription.

 0 comments

Want to join the conversation? Please or to comment on this article.