Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed as new Rangers manager

Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed as new Rangers manager

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been confirmed as the new Rangers manager, succeeding Steven Gerrard at the club he played for from 1998 and 2001.

The former Netherlands international has been out of work since leaving his post as head coach of Guangzhou City in China last December. He managed Feyenoord from 2015 to 2019, winning the Dutch Cup twice and the club’s first Eredivisie title in 18 years.

Van Bronckhorst, who won 106 caps during a highly successful playing career which included spells at Arsenal and Barcelona, met Rangers officials in Amsterdam this week after initial talks in London. The club said the deal was subject to a work permit.

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

Rangers play a League Cup semi-final against Hibs on Sunday and are at home to Sparta Prague in the Europa League next Thursday. Gerrard left to take over as manager of Aston Villa.

The Rangers sporting director, Ross Wilson, said of Van Bronckhorst: “I can see how excited he is. I am looking forward to introducing him to the squad soon. Gio has been part of a long list of managers we have been tracking for a period of time to ensure we are always ready.”