Giovanni van Bronckhorst named new Rangers manager

Krishan Davis
Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the new Rangers boss
Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the new Rangers boss / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Rangers have named former player Giovanni van Bronckhorst as their new manager, replacing Steven Gerrard who departed for Aston Villa last week.

Van Bronckhorst plied his trade at Ibrox as a midfielder between 1998 and 2001 - winning two league titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup - and returns to take the reins in the dugout.

90min revealed last week that the former Netherlands international had expressed his interest in the vacancy, and the Gers have moved swiftly to make an appointment.

Speaking to Rangers' official website after the announcement, Van Bronckhorst said: “I am absolutely delighted to be returning to Rangers as the club's new 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.

“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.”

Club chairman Douglas Park, added: “I am delighted to welcome Giovanni as our manager to begin a new era and build further on what has already been achieved at the club.

“The team is in a good position on the park and, as a board, we will support both Giovanni and Ross Wilson to continue to make Rangers a success."

The decorated Dutchman earned 107 caps for his country and is best known for his time at Arsenal and Barcelona after he was converted to a full-back, where he was instrumental in the Blaugrana's 2006 Champions League triumph.

As a manager, the 46-year-old delivered Feyenoord's first Eredivisie title for 18 years in 2016/17 and was most recently in charge of Guangzhou R&F in China.