Shota Arveladze backs Gio for Rangers job as he dreams of his own Gers return
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Shota Arveladze backs Gio for Rangers job as he dreams of his own Gers return

Rangers’ seemingly imminent appointment of Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been given the thumbs up by a former Ibrox star as Shota Arveladze confessed he’d also love the chance to one day manage the Light Blues.

The Georgian is reportedly closing in on a move to Britain himself with Hull City thought to be his next club and Arveladze admits he is “happy, proud and honoured” to count the Light Blues among his former clubs after spending four years at Ibrox between 2001 and 2005.

Pakhtakor’s coach Shota Arveladze directs his players during the AFC Champions League group B match between Pakhtakor Tashkent FK and Hilal SFC at Qatar’s al-Wakrah Sports Complex on September 17, 2020. (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP) (Photo by KARIM JAAFAR/AFP via Getty Images)

While Arveladze missed playing alongside van Bronckhorst by a matter of months, the pair have line up in numerous legends games together – as well as both being involved in charity events during Fernando Ricksen’s illness.

Shota thinks that, like himself, van Bronckhorst will have the dates of important moments during his Ibrox career burned into his head like “the tattoo you get for the date of your children” being born.

“Glasgow is a city I will always love. My wife and kids are the same. When you fall in love with a club then you can’t change it as it’s a part of you,” Arveladze said.

“We all have dreams and all of us who have played for Rangers will have that dream. Gio will be no different.

“To have that opportunity in his career will always have been a motivation. He’s been at huge clubs but he’ll remember his first Old Firm game, the great moments he had in Glasgow.

“Those dates will be in his head like the tattoo you get for the date of your children.

“There is the pressure of making sure the club win the Premiership and claim the automatic Champions League place but that pressure will also bring an unbelievable pleasure if he can do that

“You don’t get that type of pleasure without pressure, it’s a potent combination and we all live with that every day.

“It was a brilliant time when I played at Rangers, a great club and an incredible atmosphere.

“I will always remember the team spirit and having an amazing chapter in my life. It makes me happy, proud and honoured to have been a part of the club and also to see them doing so well again.

“I give full credit to Gerrard for his part in that climb back to the top. He’s made the fans forget about the hard times and has left a positive framework behind him.

“I was surprised to see him leave. It wouldn’t have been an easy decision and I can only wish him the best.”

In other news, Glenn Middleton scored the winner in the Scotland under-21 match against Kazakhstan.