Rangers are closing in on Giovanni van Bronckhorst as their new manager, according to the Glasgow Times.
Whilst journalist Chris Jack explains van Bronckhorst, 46, will be nervously waiting by the phone for the Ibrox club’s call this afternoon, all the sounds are positive that it’s a go for Gio.
According to the reputable Herald and Times journalist, GvB is set to “clinch” a Rangers contract and become the club’s 19th full-time manager and succeed Steven Gerrard.
Describing the move as a “dream job” for van Bronckhorst, the report claims sources close to the player have confirmed the ex-Feyenoord coach will find out today when to head to Scotland.
It’s an exciting time for Rangers fans who will be buoyed by the appointment of an ex-player with the profile of van Bronckhorst but who also has substantial standing in management.
Whilst Gio is a young boss, the ex-Arsenal and Barcelona star has had a had a bright start to his management career.
Rangers closing in on talented manager and ex-player Giovanni van Bronckhorst
In a remarkable feat, GvB guided boyhood club Feyenoord to five trophies in four years, including the club’s first Eredivisie title in 18 seasons.
Van Bronckhorst also spent time with the City Group and according to some reports is viewed as the long-term successor to the might Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.
But far from sit tight in the cushy job with the Qatari billionaire-led group, GvB headed to China in January 2020 to take up a management role with Guangzhou.
This never quite worked out as planned for the former Rangers midfielder due to the coronavirus pandemic and he returned to the Netherlands to be with his family.
Now fully focused on securing a new opportunity, this elite-level former pro player is set to walk into a dressing room shocked by the rapid departure of the man which held it together.
But whilst Steven Gerrard’s stature in the game is undeniable, Gio’s achievements dwarf even those.
Van Bronckhorst has already won more as a manager and certainly won more as a player, with the Dutchman boasting two KNVB cups, two SPL titles, two Scottish Cups, one League Cup, one English Premier League, one FA Cup, two La Ligas, two Spanish Super Cups and a Champions League medal.
Not only that, but van Bronckhorst also captained the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup Final – where they were beaten by Spain – and made 106 caps for the country.
If the perfect blend of stature and talent is what Rangers want in their new manager, then Gio certainly has both in spades.
Meanwhile, attention will turn to who will form Gio’s backroom team with the Ibrox club distancing themselves from the return of a Gers legend.