Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been opening up on his relationship with Lyon manager and Steven Gerrard conqueror Peter Bosz.

Dutch coach Bosz played Rangers three times whilst the club was under Gerrard’s management, winning twice with Bayer Leverkusen (3-1, 1-0) and once with Lyon (0-2).

All Rangers’ run-ins with the now Ligue 1 manager have come in the Europa League but for Giovanni van Bronckhorst, his relationship with Peter Bosz runs a little deeper.

Now 58, Peter Bosz is a former Dutch international midfielder who earned eight caps for the Netherlands during a career which seen him turn out in Holland, France and Japan.

Most prominently, Bosz played for and captained Feyenoord during the early-to-mid 90s when a young Giovanni was coming through at the Rotterdam club.


The two would meet again in the mid-2000s during a Peter Bosz spell as technical director at Feyenoord, where he signed Giovanni van Bronckhorst and now Rangers coach Roy Makaay as players.

Rangers boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst hails “friendship” with Lyon’s Peter Bosz

Speaking ahead of Rangers’ clash with Peter Bosz and Lyon in the Europa League, Giovanni van Bronckhorst described the coach as a personal friend.

“When I was a young player coming through the Feyenoord academy Peter Bosz was captain of the team and he really welcomed me in the squad and was very helpful,” said van Bronckhorst [Rangers].

“After that he was the technical director of Feyenoord when I came back in 2007 after my time at Barcelona so I had a lot of conversations with him about the future of Feyenoord and my role in that.


Ex-Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has lost to Peter Bosz thrice in his managerial career. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

“Of course being a head coach now we played a lot against each other, when he was at Heracles and Vitesse Arnhem and even with Ajax so I have really enjoyed our friendship over the years and for me he has been there almost all my career.”

Rangers head into the match with Lyon knowing their place in the Europa League knockout rounds is already secured.

Here’s how we’re tipping a much-changed Ibrox side to line up in the Groupama Stadium amid news that Gers fans will be allowed in the ground.

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