Rangers’ Giovanni van Bronckhorst ranked in top 50 active managers
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Rangers’ Giovanni van Bronckhorst ranked in top 50 active managers

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been named on a prestigious list of the top 50 football managers on planet Earth.

The Ibrox gaffer has been named 41st on a Four Four Two list of the top 50 managers in the game, outranking the likes of Crystal Palace boss Patrick Viera, Everton manager Rafa Benitez and Barca boss Xavi.

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Oh, and Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou who is – like Jose Mourinho interestingly – nowhere to be seen.

Former Rangers manager Steven Gerrard – now of Aston Villa – has been ranked a noble 16th on a list which has a few notable inclusions.

Scotland manager Steve Clarke is ranked 39th in the world, with former Rangers midfielder Mikel Arteta – who manages Arsenal – ranked 30th on the list.

Ex-Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers, now of Leicester City, is ranked 24th with Marco Rose – manager of Dortmund who Giovanni van Bronckhorst will face when Rangers meet the Germans in February – ranked 15th.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and Man City boss Pep Guardiola make up the top three.

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst ranked in Four Four Two manager top 50

The ranking of Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst gives an inclination into his standing in the global game with the former Feyenoord coach one of the best players of his generation.

GVB played in successful Rangers, Arsenal and Barcelona team and earned over 100 caps for the Netherlands, even captaining the team to the 2010 World Cup Final.

The Dutchman’s early management career saw Giovanni van Bronckhorst earn Feyenoord their first league title in 18 years and he won five major trophies in a four year spell.

Admitting himself he needed time to learn the inner workings of management, Gio then spent time working with the City Group and was at one-time earmarked to be a long-term Guardiola successor.

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After the exit of Steven Gerrard, there were nerves at Ibrox but the appointment of Giovanni van Bronckhorst has cooled fears at Rangers and steadied the ship.

Heading into the winter break, the Gers have won eight and drawn one – away to Lyon – under the Dutch coach with the season nicely poised ahead of the second half of the campaign.

In other Rangers news, the Ibrox club have been offered Hampden hope after announcing a special Weekend of Legends match at Ibrox.