Rangers dealt apparent blow in pursuit of highly-rated Dutch coach - report
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Rangers dealt apparent blow in pursuit of highly-rated Dutch coach - report

Rangers have been dealt an apparent blow in their pursuit of Giovanni van Bronckhorst amid reports coming out of the Netherlands surrounding highy-rated Dutch coach Jean-Paul van Gastel.

The Dutch coach was Gio’s number two at Feyenoord and there has always been some conversation surrounding the coach amid reports of GvB returning to Ibrox.

Rangers-linked Dutch coach Jean-Paul van Gastel has been Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s assistant at Feyenoord and Guangzhou.  (Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images)

However, whilst van Bronckhorst is reportedly closing in on a move to Ibrox – with Chris Jack claiming he’s expecting a phonecall today – there are some issues surrounding van Gastel.

Rangers have been rocked by the backroom upheaval at the club and with a new manager must come a completely new coaching structure.

Alongside Stevie G, Rangers have also lost Gary McAllister, Michael Beale, Tom Culshaw, Jordan Milsom and Scott Mason.

This means the Gers must also bring in an established team of talent which can replace the wide range of coaching abilities lost in Gerrard’s move to Aston Villa.

China-based Jean-Paul van Gastel not “immediately available” for Rangers

Jean-Paul van Gastel would be amongst the most prominent in this list but according to Algameen Dagblad in the Netherlands, there could be some complications.

Jean-Paul van Gastel is currently working in China with Guangzhou, having taken over the Chinese Super League side when Gio returned to the Netherlands.

Whilst there is no suggestion van Gastel wouldn’t be open to a move to Rangers, the report claims that he would not be “immediately available” to work in Glasgow due to his current status in China.

Jean-Paul van Gastel is currently in China with Guangzhou. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

The report also mentions the claims in Scotland that a deal could be tied up imminently with Rangers eager to get the right man in for the job.

The Ibrox side have been rubbishing rumours suggesting a former Rangers star and current SPFL manager is set to be part of any backroom team in Glasgow.