Ex-Rangers star at centre of £30m revolution kicks off new era with impressive victory
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Ex-Rangers star helps kick off £30m reign with impressive victory

Former Rangers striker Shota Arveladze started life in the English Championship with a victory as he steered Hull City to a 2-0 win over Swansea City.

The ex-Ibrox hitman, 48, took over at the KC Stadium this week in what is his first managerial role in the United Kingdom and his first job here since leaving Rangers in 2005.

And things couldn’t have gotten off to a better start for the Georgian as Arveladze guided his side to three points courtesy of first-half goals from Tom Eaves and Keane Lewis-Potter.

The result means Hull City are now 19th in the English Championship, having won their last three matches on the bounce.

Ex-Rangers striker Shota Arveladze took to Twitter to thank the Hull City fans for their support and thanked the club for the “amazing welcome”

Arveladze kicks off Hull City career with a win

Shota Arveladze was appointed by Hull following the £30m takeover of Turkish TV tycoon Acun Ilicali [Daily Mail].

Replacing popular manager Grant McCann at the KC Stadium, there were fears the move might backfire but so far so good for the likeable Georgian who continues to impress in management.

Ex-Rangers striker Shota Arveladze was previously out of work after leaving Uzbek side Pakhtakor Tashkent on a high in 2020.

The Tbilisi-born boss guided Tashkent to an impressive treble in 2019 before securing the double a year later and left having lifted five trophies with the club.

Trophies are something Shota Arveladze was very familiar with as a player having lifted numerous prizes with Dinamo Tbilisi, Trabzonspor, Ajax and Rangers in his career.

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At Ibrox the ex-Gers striker won five trophies; two SPL titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup

After retiring in 2008, Shota worked as assistant manager at AZ under Louis van Gaal, Ronald Koeman and Dick Advocaat, before going on to manage Kayserispor, Kasimpasa and Trabzonspor in Turkey and Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel.

Meanwhile, a failed former Steven Gerrard signing has left the Ibrox club on loan after failing to make the grade in Govan.

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