New Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has taken to Twitter to send a message to fans as life as Ibrox gaffer officially begins and he takes training for the first time.

Fans have been eager to see Gio, 46, on the grass and the legendary Dutch footballer sent a promising message regarding his first session with the team.

Telling fans that it was a “great first day at the Rangers Training Centre” the message will embolden supporter optimism regarding the van Bronckhorst appointment.

Heading into the job at a difficult time following Steven Gerrard’s exit, things have been made more difficult for Gio after the side he inherits were defeated in the Premier Sports Cup by Hibernian.

Not only that, but questions regarding the team’s mentality have not been helped by comments from within the camp regarding a lack of “hunger”.

However, it’s fair to say to a very stern van Bronckhorst surprised fans during his press conference as he took a direct, clear and authoritative stance on the Ibrox squad.

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If players are not committed, they will not play under the Dutchman, and anyone showing a lack of hunger will find a “tough manager”.

“I expect everyone is on board with me tomorrow,” said GVB [Rangers].


“It’s my duty to prepare players for games. I prepare them in their attitude, their hunger and their whatever.

“For me, as a coach and player the hunger has to come from within yourself. It starts with that.

“That would make it much easier for me as a coach, but being involved in top football all my life I know what needs to be done to be successful.

“So that message I got across as a coach when I started, and if some thing or some player things otherwise then they will have a tough manager in me.”

It’s a message that the manager’s tweet suggests has landed.

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst commands respect of players and fans

All the soundbites surrounding those who know this composed but focused figure have said similar and now fans cannot wait to see how this talented if not disjointed squad will respond to his management.

A remarkably talented footballer who played at the highest level with Rangers, Arsenal and Barcelona, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has (almost) won it all in football.

The Netherlands international captained his side in the 2010 World Cup Final against Spain, narrowly losing out 1-0 AET, so there’s instant respect for what he’s achieved in the game.

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Rangers fans are eager to see what Giovanni van Bronckhorst can bring to the club. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

All the sounds are certainly good heading into the Dutchman’s debut against Sparta Prague and let’s hope the club can get back to winning ways in the Europa League.

Ahead of the game against the Czech side, two young starlets have been spotted in the first van Bronckhorst Rangers training session.

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