Alex McLeish claims van Bronckhorst won't bring legend to Rangers
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Alex McLeish claims van Bronckhorst won't bring legend to Rangers

Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish has debunked reports that ex-Ibrox coach Jan Wouters could make a return to the club as part of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s coaching staff.

Wouters is one of a couple of names being touted as possible members of Gio’s backroom team should he be, as widely expected, appointed  as Steven Gerrard’s replacement as Rangers manager.

Alex McLeish claims potential new Rangers boss Gio van Bronckhorst won’t be bringing Jan Wouters back to Ibrox (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

However McLeish was in contact with Wouters – who worked under McLeish at Ibrox – and the veteran Dutchman “played dumb” to reports linking him with a return to the club he served from 2001 to 2006.

“They need a young vibrant manager, no doubt about that. Giovanni has got some good experience as Jan Wouters will testify to that,” McLeish told BBC Scotland’s Sportsound,

“I actually texted Jan Wouters today and said are we going to be seeing you in Glasgow again and he kind of played dumb.

“So I am taking it that he is not coming. Maybe Giovanni has moved on a wee bit and Jan has maybe done his bit in the game.

“But that is inside information that I can only give you exclusively. He says not for me, but we will see.”

Wouters left Feyenoord three years ago, while working under van Bronckhorst, as he called it quits on his lengthy career in football – and at 61 it is unclear whether he has any desire to get back into work.

At Rangers, van Bronckhorst is more likely to be reunited with Jean-Paul van Gastel once his compatriot’s contract as manager of Chinese Super League side Guangzhou City FC comes to an end next month.

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