Three members of the Rangers backroom staff have been awarded work permits and will now begin working alongside Giovanni van Bronckhorst – but the Dutchman wants another body on board.

Ex-Netherlands striker Roy Makaay joins fitness coach Arno Phillips and video analyst Yori Bosschart on Gio’s backroom staff, and this was confirmed by the club after being approved on Monday morning.

“I am delighted to welcome this group of staff to support Giovanni and to continue the evolution of our first-team football operations structure,” said Ross Wilson [Rangers].

“I have met the guys in recent days and like Gio they are all fantastic people as well as top operators in their fields.

“We already have an excellent group of staff and our new additions will integrate well to our existing departments.”

Rangers want another member of backroom staff with van Gastel conjecture rife

However, speaking to the press van Bronckhorst admitted that the he would like to add another member of personnel amid much talk of issues surrounding Jean Paul van Gastel.

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The Dutch coach has taken over at Chinese Super League Guangzhou since van Bronckhorst left the club at the end of 2020 and there remains some conjecture over a potential move to Ibrox.


The right-hand man of van Bronckhorst’s at both Feyenoord and in China, there is still hope the Dutchman will join up with the Gers even if there is nothing concrete.

“I would like to add one more member of the backroom staff. We are working hard with Ross in achieving that,” said van Bronckhorst.

“I want quality in my backroom staff as well and hopefully we can announce an addition to the staff in the next days or weeks.”

In Scotland, there has been much talk about a Scottish or British coach who knows the club being sounded out to fill the role.

However, Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson took Gio’s press conference as an opportunity to dispel these rumours and claim the next backroom staff appointment will be from “Europe”.

“Can I just add to that as well, I know there is a lot of noise about a Scottish or British person joining us,” said Wilson.

“That is something we are open-minded to moving forward but the next addition to the squad will be someone else that joins us from Europe.”

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