Rangers: Journalist drops Van Bronckhorst appointment claim

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Sportswriter Joshua Barrie has been speaking on the Rangers Review YouTube channel to discuss the managerial situation ongoing at Ibrox.

It is believed the Scottish side are closing in on the potential appointment of former player Giovanni van Bronckhorst to fill their vacant role in the dugout.

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The Gers return to domestic action this weekend after the latest international break as they host Hibernian in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup, but it is yet to be known whether they will have the 46-year-old in charge for the clash.

It is then two games inside the space of a week for Rangers, with Europa League action picking up on Thursday before a Scottish Premiership clash the following Sunday away to Livingston.

And speaking on the potential appointment of the former Feyenoord manager, Barrie had the following to say on the expected timescale of the announcement.

“I think if it’s not today [Thursday], it’ll probably be Monday or next week, you’ve got to imagine obviously with everything that’s going on tomorrow, and then I find it hard to see them doing it the day before a semi-final.

“As we discussed yesterday and the day before, I think most supporters would be quite content, especially with the club’s record against Hibs in recent years, that if they’re at their best and if they’re focused – and listen, it’s a semi-final, they’ve not won enough silverware.

“I fully expect that the leadership group and the staff in place and will be well-versed in terms of what Hibs are going to try and do as they have been over the last few years.”

TIF Thoughts on Van Bronckhorst’s expected appointment…

If Van Bronckhorst is appointed in time to take over before the cup clash on the weekend, we think it is unlikely he would come in and make wholesale changes to the starting XI.

It would leave the Dutchman with a matter of hours before a crucial semi-final clash against Hibs and we do not think it would be wise for Van Bronckhorst to then change it up massively given the lack of time to train and implement his gameplan.

With this in mind, we think it would make sense for Rangers to hold back from announcing the 46-year-old’s appointment until just after the game on Sunday so Van Bronckhorst has a little bit more time to work with the side until their next clash.

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