Giovanni van Bronckhorst continues proud Rangers record
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Giovanni van Bronckhorst continues proud Rangers record

Giovanni van Bronckhorst won his first league match in charge of Rangers as the Ibrox side defeated Livingston 3-1 at the snowy Tony Macaroni Arena to maintain their four-point lead at the top of the table.

It was another impressive Rangers performance under the Dutchman following the Europa League victory over Sparta Prague.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst was in Dick Advocaat’s first Rangers league squad as they lost to Hearts. Every subsequent permanent manager since has remained unbeaten in their opening league match for the club. (Photo by Soccrates/Getty Images)

Not only that, but the win also extended an interesting Rangers record. Ever since Dick Advocaat lost against Hearts in the opening league match of the 1998/99 season, every subsequent permanent manager has remained unbeaten in their first league game.

What makes it even more interesting is that van Bronckhorst was in Advocaat’s starting XI that day.

The player was a summer signing by the new manager and featured regularly that season as Rangers went on to put opening day anguish behind them to secure the treble.

The 46-year-old has essentially gone full circle since and is now back in Glasgow managing the side.

The record started when Alex McLeish took charge of the side in a 2-2 draw with Motherwell before Paul Le Guen, Walter Smith, and Ally McCoist all remained unbeaten in their first league matches.

Even Mark Warburton and Pedro Caixinha both continued this run, as they won their opening league encounters.

Steven Gerrard drew 1-1 with Aberdeen in August 2018 to mark his first league match and now van Bronckhorst has extended this record with the resounding win over Livingston.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst gives instructions to Rangers captain James Tavernier. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s a record that hopefully won’t need to be talked about for another few years yet as the Ibrox side will be looking for a period of sustained success under the Dutchman.

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