Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has praised new Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

While van Bronckhorst was a player at Barcelona, Balague became close to the Dutch player and has followed his managerial career with great attention, hoping to see him do well.

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Spanish journalist Balague has heaped praise on new Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst.(Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Balague thinks the new manager’s key strengths lie in man management and believes he can bring the best out of everyone. This could well suggest some fringe players could get a second chance under the Dutchman.

“The thing I take from his time at Feyenoord – as well as winning – is how he won,” Balague said to BBC Radio 5 Live Football Daily.

“He changed the culture of the club and made it more competitive and took them to the last step that was hard to get.”

Feyenoord won the Dutch title for the first time in 18 years under van Bronckhorst and their budget was considerably smaller than that of both Ajax and PSV, proving that regardless of money, he can deliver silverware.

The Dutchman has also spent time learning from Pep Guardiola. However, this doesn’t mean he is going to be a carbon copy of the Spanish genius.

“He had the opportunity to watch training and talk with Pep Guardiola, no one should make the assumption that he will become a pupil of Guardiola, he’s a different type of coach,” added Balague.

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Guillem Balague has said Giovanni van Bronckhorst changed the culture of the club when he was in charge of Feyenoord. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images for Soccerex)

This learning experience will have stood GvB in good stead. To be the best, you must learn from the best.

It’s an exciting time to be a Rangers supporter and let’s hope the Dutchman starts off with a bang against Sparta Prague.

Meanwhile, a player Rangers have been linked with could be sold in January, according to his manager.

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