Former Rangers star and one-time managerial candidate Gio van Bronckhorst could be set to make a stunning move to Major League Soccer to take the reins at New York City FC, according to a report.

The Daily Mirror reported that City Football Group (CFG), who part-own the MLS franchise with the New York Yankees, were considering giving Gio the chance to prove he can be Pep Guardiola’s long-term successor at another club they own, Premier League champions Manchester City.

SITTARD, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15: coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst of Feyenoord celebrates the victory during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Fortuna Sittard v Feyenoord at the Fortuna Sittard Stadium on May 15, 2019 in Sittard Netherlands

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Van Bronckhorst has recently spent time at another CFG club, Melbourne City, as he gets to know the set-up of the group, which also owns clubs in Spain, Australia, Uruguay and Japan.

NYCFC parted ways with manager, and long-time Guardiola ally, Domenec Torrent last week despite taking the Cityzens to the top of the Eastern Conference and a place in the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League.


Torrent worked with Guardiola at Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City before crossing the Atlantic to replace Patrick Viera, another member of the Man City staff transplanted into New York.

7 Dec 1999: Giovanni van Bronckhorst of Rangers during the UEFA Cup third round second leg match against Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, Germany. Dortmund won 2-0 on the night and went through 3-1 on penalties. Mandatory Credit:

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After losing in the MLS Cup semi-final to Toronto, Torrent stepped down to spark the hunt for his successor but it looks as though CFG already had their sights set on former Rangers star van Bronckhorst.

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If he does succeed in the Big Apple, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him return to British football and take over from Pep at the Etihad within the next year or two.

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