Rangers are still in the hunt for Jean-Paul van Gastel to become Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s assistant coach at Ibrox – and they may well be boosted by his current employer’s financial situation.

A lot has been made regarding Rangers’ reported pursuit of the Dutchman, who has been the assistant of GVB at both Feyenoord and Chinese Super League outfit Guangzhou.

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Dutch coach Jean Paul van Gastel was the assistant to van Bronckhorst at Feyenoord and Guangzhou. (Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images)

However, van Gastel took over at the Chinese club following van Bronckhorst’s exit at the end of 2020 and the coach remains in China to this day.

It’s a situation which is posing difficulties in Rangers’ pursuit of the coach – Heart & Hand [Daily Update 22/11] claimed that Rangers are “still on the hunt” for van Gastel – but news coming out of the country may now work in the Ibrox club’s favour.

As the Scottish Sun explain, Rangers could land what all intents and purposes appears to be the club’s number one coaching target for free amid financial difficulties at Guangzhou.

That report cites apparent financial issues at the Chinese club which have meant players and staff haven’t been paid for the last three months.

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Rangers remain in Jean Paul van Gastel coach “hunt”

It claims that the Chinese government may have to step in and disband the club, who have a chequered financial history to say the least.

They have had to relocate to three different cities and change their name nine times in only ten years.

 

Should these issues intensify, then it would perhaps make Rangers’ apparent pursuit of the coach much easier.

van Bronckhorst spoke openly about wanting to sign another backroom staff member as he was unveiled to the press in Glasgow but gave no inclination as to who the club is targeting.

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

“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.”

Speaking alongside the new Rangers manager, Ibrox sporting director Ross Wilson quashed claims from the Scottish press regarding who the appointment might be.

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