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Van Bronckhorst Becomes New Coach At Rangers


Former Netherlands captain Giovanni van Bronckhorst is now coach of Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo after being confirmed as the new manager of Rangers.

Van Bronckhorst will replace Steven Gerrard – who left for Aston Villa – subject to being granted a work permit.

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The 46-year-old played for 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.

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The versatile midfielder also won 106 caps for his country, captaining the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup final, which was his final match as a player.

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

“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,” he added.

“I look forward to carrying on and enhancing the work that has been done already 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.”

After his glittering playing career, Van Bronckhorst rejoined first club Feyenoord as assistant to Ronald Koeman and took over from 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 guided them to their first Eredivisie in 18 years in 2017.

After leaving his homeland in 2019, Van Bronckhorst spent a year in Chinese football in charge of Guangzhou R&F, winning seven out of 23 games.

It remains unclear whether the Dutchman will be in charge for Sunday’s Scottish League Cup semi-final with Hibernian, with the visa process still ongoing.

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