Dutch outlet, Telegraaf, report that former Rangers player Giovanni Van Bronckhorst has joined Manchester City in a coaching capacity.

The ex-Holland international spent three successful years at Ibrox between 1998 and 2001, winning two league titles, two Scottish Cups and one League Cup. A versatile player who could operate at full-back or in midfield, he proved a big hit with Gers fans.

GVB celebrates a Champions League Qualifying win over Parma  (Photo by: Clive Brunskill /Allsport)

After leaving Glasgow he continued his trophy-laden career with the likes of Arsenal and Barcelona.

He hasn’t done too badly so far as a coach, either. Between 2015 and 2019, he managed another of his old club’s, in Feyenoord, and helped them to a first Eredivisie title in 18 years, breaking the traditional Ajax and PSV Eindhoven dominance.

Former Rangers hero takes up new role

He then left at the end of last season, seeking a new challenge. Up until now, it had been believed that he was still looking for that next move, yet Telegraaf asserts that not only is he now working with Manchester City, he has been for some time.

It’s claimed that GVB wanted to keep the news quiet, but that he has been given the “opportunity to further develop as a trainer/coach within the entire organization of the City Group.”

The Dutchman has stepped out of the limelight and will work in a more behind the scenes role. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

As a result, he’ll be spending time in Manchester but also working with City’s other ‘flagship’ clubs – New York City and Melbourne City.

It’s certainly an interesting move for the 44-year-old, who has previously expressed interest in the Ibrox hot seat [Sunday Post].

Could City be grooming him to replace Pep Guardiola when his contract expires in 2021?

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