Journalist puts brakes on Rangers pursuit of highly-rated Dutch coach
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Journalist puts brakes on Rangers pursuit of highly-rated Dutch coach

Reputable Scottish football journalist Chris Jack has revealed that an “agreement has yet to be reached” to bring Dutch coach Jean-Paul van Gastel to Rangers as part of any Giovanni van Bronckhorst deal.

The current head coach of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou, van Gastel is the preferred assistant of Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who is closing in on a move to Ibrox.

Jean-Paul van Gastel is the right-hand man of Rangers-linked Giovanni van Bronckhorst. (Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images)

Writing in the Glasgow Times, Jack reveals that Gio, 46, is on the “brink” of signing a deal with Rangers that will see him become the club’s 17th permanent manager.

It’s only a week since outgoing boss Steven Gerrard left the Gers in the lurch by heading to Premier League Aston Villa with fans are getting excited about the prospect of Gio joining the club.

But the situation surrounding the manager’s backroom staff remains unsure with Jack claiming a deal is yet to be agreed to see GvB’s “first-choice” van Gastel join him in Glasgow.

“An agreement has yet to be reached to bring Jean Paul van Gastel to Glasgow,” writes Jack.

“The Dutchman is currently in charge of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou and he remains van Bronckhorst’s first choice to join him at Ibrox.”

Jean-Paul van Gastel is van Bronckhorst’s “first choice” to join him at Rangers

This follows on from an earlier report in the Athletic which claimed concerns regarding the backroom staff had become the “focus” on negotiations.

However, news began to break that Rangers were closing in on their man with an agreement set to be reached with Giovanni van Bronckhorst imminently.

According to Chris Jack “a deal is now in place” for Giovanni van Bronckhorst to “put pen-to-paper” and become the next manager of Rangers.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is set to return to Rangers. (Photo by Marcel Bonte/Soccrates/Getty Images)

But there remains some serious questions over who will take over at Ibrox alongside Gio after Steven Gerrard headed south to Aston Villa and took Gary McAllister (assistant) Mick Beale (first team coach), Tom Culshaw (technical coach), Jordan Milsom (head of performance) and Scott Mason (lead analyst) with him.

All roads lead to Gio as a leading Sky Sports personality becomes the latest source to suggest that the Ibrox club are closing in on the Dutchman.