Rangers manager search: new “focus” as van Bronckhorst talks continue
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Rangers manager search: new “focus” as van Bronckhorst talks continue

The “focus” is now on backroom staff amid discussions with Gio van Bronckhorst as the Rangers manager search continues, according to the Athletic.

The reputable outlet claims that the Dutch coach is the “leading choice” at Ibrox after a series of interviews with Rangers “happy with how things are progressing”.

Gio van Bronckhorst remains the frontrunner as the Rangers manager search shifts “focus” to the backroom team. (Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images)

Fans are naturally getting a little impatient with a crunch Premier Sports semi-final on the horizon but the report also claims Rangers are “not putting a timescale on the appointment”.

That very much hints that if required, the interim management team announced during the week will be in charge for the trip to Hampden to face Hibs.

In turn, GvB is working to “identify assistants” to join him in the role at Rangers with the Ibrox club well aware of the need to replace an entire backroom team.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard headed south to Aston Villa and took Gary McAllister (assistant) Mick Beale (first team coach), Tom Culshaw (technical coach), Jordan Milsom (head of performance) and Scott Mason (lead analyst) with him.

Rangers backroom staff search continues, Gio van Bronckhorst favourite for manager job

Rangers have made it clear to insiders and the press that they will not be rushed in their appointment and the club have some serious talent to replace in their next move.

Interestingly, van Bronckhorst’s traditional first-team assistant – a Dutch coach by the name of Jean-Paul van Gastel – is currently working in China.

The coach took over from Giovanni van Bronckhorst at Chinese Super League Guangzhou after the ex-Netherlands captain returned to his home country to be with his family.

Gio van Bronckhorst is a former Rangers player and plenty feel that this boosts his standing in the Ibrox manager search. Mandatory Credit: Michael Cooper /Allsport

Van Gastel’s situation is said to be preventing him joining GvB in Scotland with the coach not “immediately available” to Rangers as things stand.

But whilst the conversation continues around who will be the next Rangers manager and who will join his backroom staff, a leading Scottish journalist claims it’s heading towards GvB.