On the latest episode of Touchline Talk, football journalist Dean Jones has been discussing the latest news surrounding Rangers following their managerial appointment.
The Ibrox club’s search to find a new permanent manager came to an end on Thursday as they confirmed the appointment of Giovanni van Bronckhorst.
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And the news comes ahead of the club’s return to domestic action, with a semi-final Scottish League Cup clash against Hibernian on Sunday at Hampden Park.
Van Bronckhorst had been out of management for almost a year having parted ways with Guangzhou City after just 23 games in charge of the Chinese side (via Transfermarkt).
Discussing the club’s search to replace Steven Gerrard following his departure for Aston Villa, Jones had the following to say on the way sporting director Ross Wilson viewed the situation.
“One of the things I was told was that Ross Wilson, the sporting director, was pretty excited about the prospect of going out and finding the man that would carry on from [Gerrard].
“He didn’t want Gerrard to leave, but he was looking forward to the chance to make an appointment that could carry on the momentum and the good work that had gone on up to this point, and was confident that the club could do that.”
TIF Thoughts on Van Bronckhorst’s appointment…
Van Bronckhorst was heavily linked from the early stages of Gerrard’s departure from the Gers, which does hint towards the club being fully convinced the Dutchman was the right man for them.
And Van Bronckhorst goes into the job with an almost perfect situation, as Rangers sit top of the Scottish Premiership table by four points.
Much like Gerrard, Van Bronckhorst had a successful playing career. But unlike Gerrard, the 46-year-old goes into the job with previous first-team managerial experience, so we think Van Bronckhorst will go into the job with the respect of the Rangers players.