Former Dutch midfielder Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been appointed Rangers head coach following Steven Gerrard’s departure for Aston Villa, the Scottish champions announced on Thursday.
Gerrard, who ended Celtic’s nine-year domination by guiding Rangers to the league title in an unbeaten season, left the club last week. “I feel so lucky to be going to work with a team that are in a great position on all fronts and have a lot of that experience of being winners,” Van Bronckhorst said on the club’s website https: // www.rangers.co.uk/ article / rangers-confirm-giovanni-van-bronckhorst-as-manager / 2gwO7Q3sem0TSexc1jOy8I.
“I look forward to continuing and improving the work that has already been done alongside (athletic director) Ross Wilson and the club board, and I am grateful to have the chance to work again in this huge football club. ” Van Bronckhorst has made over 100 appearances for the Netherlands and made a short stint with Rangers during a playing career that has also taken him to Arsenal and Barcelona.
The 46-year-old moved to training after hanging up his boots in 2010 and cutting his teeth in the management of Dutch club Feyenoord with whom he won the Eredivisie title in 2016-17 and the KNVB Cup two-way times. His last coaching position with the Chinese Super League team Guangzhou R&F ended in December 2020.
The Rangers, four points ahead of the league after 13 games, host sixth-placed Hibernian on Sunday.
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