GvB hails bosses who influenced him ahead of Europa League final date
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Gio hails managers who influenced him as he prepares for Rangers' Europa League final

Rangers manager Gio van Bronckhorst joins the small band of managers to have led the Light Blues into a European final when they face Eintracht Frankfurt in Wednesday’s Europa League final – and the Dutchman has named the coaches who have had a massive influence on him.

The Rangers boss stands on the brink of becoming only the second Rangers boss to win a European trophy and hailed the influence of the likes of Dick Advocaat, Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger on his career – both as a player and a coach.

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“I think I learned from each and every coach I had,” van Bronckhorst said [UEFA].

“Arsène [Wenger at Arsenal] – it was great to work with him – Dick Advocaat; Guus Hiddink; Frank Rijkaard, where we had a lot of success at Barcelona. Louis van Gaal was my coach in the Dutch [national] team. In the last three or four years of my career, I was thinking back a lot to all the coaches I had and how they prepared games, how we trained, which exercises we did, but, in the end, I can look back and remember all the tactics I had with my teams.”

Europa League win will put van Bronckhorst up alongside Rangers greats

While there is still a long way to go before van Bronckhorst achieves to sort of domestic success the likes of Walter Smith accrued at Ibrox – bringing a European trophy back to Ibrox will put him up beside the greats.

Winning the Europa League would be an outrageous achievement for someone only appointed midway through the season to replace Steven Gerrard.

It would also give van Bronckhorst a huge platform to build from next season as he looks to bring the Premiership title back to Ibrox.

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