Dutch Rangers legend Arthur Numan could make a triumphant return to Ibrox as part of the new Giovanni van Bronckhorst backroom team as another Dutch coach is ruled out of the running.

GvB, 46, is now far and away the favourite to take over at the club following the exit of Steven Gerrard to Aston Villa and the coach’s camp praised “positive talks” over the weekend.

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Dutch coach Gio van Bronckhorst is now clear favourite to takeover at Rangers after Steven Gerrard. (Photo credit should read ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Whilst Rangers have also been in touch with and spoken to numerous candidates, reports are now suggesting that the van Bronckhorst deal is gathering steam

According to reports, the deal could be done within the next 24 hours with the 4th Official also citing two sources in the Netherlands.

Attention will now turn to who forms Gio’s backroom staff with there being much conjecture regarding who could fill the roles vacated by the coaching exodus to Villa Park.

Jean Paul Gastel – GvB’s number two during a successful stint at Feyenoord and the current head coach of Guangzhou City FC in China – is believed to be a favourite to join the Dutchman in Glasgow.

There has also been some talk of a Scottish coach with links to Rangers potentially joining the backroom staff, such as Neil McCann, Barry Ferguson or Billy Dodds [the Times].

But according to the Daily Record, former Rangers left-back and Dutch international Arthur Numan is also in the running to be involved.

Popular former player Arthur is currently the manager of the Netherlands’ B Team and a scout with Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar.

A hugely popular player, should Arthur make the switch this is something which is sure to excite supporters who’d love to see the Dutchman back at Ibrox.

Dutch coach rules himself out of Rangers running

One ex-Rangers figure who won’t be joining the Oranje revolution at Ibrox is former Alex McLeish assistant Jan Wouters.

The Dutch coach, 61, worked with Dick Advocaat and Alex McLeish at Ibrox and GvB at Feyenoord but it was Big Eck who claimed the Dutchman told him he was not likely to return to Glasgow.

“They need a young vibrant manager, no doubt about that. Giovanni has got some good experience as Jan Wouters will testify to that,” McLeish told BBC Scotland’s Sportsound,

“I actually texted Jan Wouters today and said are we going to be seeing you in Glasgow again and he kind of played dumb.

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Jan Wouters has ruled himself out of the Rangers running, according to Alex McLeish.(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

“So I am taking it that he is not coming. Maybe Giovanni has moved on a wee bit and Jan has maybe done his bit in the game.

“But that is inside information that I can only give you exclusively. He says not for me, but we will see.”

Meanwhile, van Bronckhorst has been backed to do a job for Rangers by a former Ibrox teammate who is also on the hunt for a new manager’s role.

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