Ex-Rangers star Pieter Huistra has been appointed manager of Pakhtakor Tashkent as the Dutchman maintains the Ibrox connection at the Uzbek side.

Huistra, 53, turned out for the Gers between 1990 and 1995 and made over 120 league appearances for the club and becoming the first player from the Netherlands to play at Ibrox.

His appointment in Uzbekistan follows the departure of another ex-Rangers player in Shota Arveladze, who enjoyed great success as manager of Pakhtakor before leaving in the summer.

Legendary Georgian forward Arveladze, 47, took over at Tashkent in 2017 and would go on to win five trophies in two years following a trophyless first season at the club.

Arveladze won a domestic treble in 18/19 whilst the ex-Ibrox striker would follow it up with a double the season after.

 

Huistra was Arveladze’s assistant coach during this spell of Uzbekistani dominance and now he has been promoted to the top role as he takes his first senior management role since 2016.

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“Pieter Huistra, who until that day worked as an assistant coach of our team, appointed head coach of Lions,” reads a Pakhtakor statement.

“He worked with Shota Arveladze as part of the coaching staff. Thus, the game of the team practising the philosophy of attacking football will be continued.

“Pakhtakor will continue to delight spectators and fans, demonstrating beautiful, dynamic, attacking football, without changing its style and philosophy, which has been built in recent years.

“Pieter during his football career played at the famous Glasgow Rangers in Scotland for five seasons and five times became the country‘s champion.”

The former Dutch international midfielder’s last role came with Japanese side Iwaki FC and he also previously had spells in charge of Groningen-19, De Graafschap and Indonesia.

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Ex-Rangers Dutchman Pieter Huistra has taken the top job at Pakhtakor Tashkent, replacing Shota Arveladze. (Photo by Mustafa ABUMUNES / AFP) (Photo by MUSTAFA ABUMUNES/AFP via Getty Images)

With the Rangers connection being maintained at Pakhtakor Tashkent Gers fans will be interested to see how the Uzbek side does with the team hoping to retain the USL title for a third season in a row.

Meanwhile, one of Steven Gerrard’s old rivals won’t be the next Celtic manager after he was also appointed permanent manager of a different club this week.

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