Van Bronckhorst becomes Rangers coach

Giovanni van Bronckhorst says he feels “very lucky” after being confirmed as the Rangers’ new coach.

The 46-year-old Dutchman will replace Steven Gerrard, who left for Aston Villa, subject to being granted a work permit.

Van Bronckhorst played for the Rangers between 1998 and 2001, claiming five trophies, including two league titles.

He went on to win more with Arsenal and Barcelona, ​​including the Champions League with the latter, before coaching Feyenoord to the Dutch title.

The versatile midfielder also won 106 games for his country, captaining the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final, which was his last game as a player.

Van Bronckhorst, whose last management job was a year with Guangzhou R&F in China, said he was “absolutely delighted” to become the Rangers’ 17th permanent manager.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to work with a team that is in a great position on all fronts and largely has that experience of being winners,” he added.

“I look forward to continuing and improving the work that has already been done and I am grateful for the opportunity to return to work at this great football club.”

“I can’t wait to meet the incredible fans of the club again and start this new era for all of us.”

After his brilliant playing career, Van Bronckhorst rejoined the Feyenoord first club as an assistant to Ronald Koeman and replaced Fred Rutten as head coach in 2015.

Having won the Dutch Cup twice with the Rotterdam club as a player, he led them to victory in the final in 2016 and 2018 and led them to their first Eredivisie in 18 years in 2017.

After leaving his homeland in 2019, Van Bronckhorst spent a year in Chinese soccer under Guangzhou R&F, winning seven of 23 matches.

‘I can see how excited you are’ – what Rangers said

Rangers sports director Ross Wilson revealed that Van Bronckhorst had been “part of a long list” of coaches the club had been following “to make sure we are always ready.”

Initial conversations took place within 48 hours after Gerrard made it known that he was leaving for Villa last Wednesday.

“Gio has already proven to be a winner, he knows the club, he knows the quality of the team and he is absolutely aligned with our approach and mindset,” said Wilson.

“Outside of the formal discussions, Gio and I have already had many other informal conversations and I can see how excited he is. I hope to introduce him to the team soon.”

President Douglas Park added that the Ibrox club “would support Giovanni and Ross in continuing to make Rangers a success.”

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