The Rangers have appointed Giovanni van Bronckhorst as their manager.
Van Bronckhorst signed a three and a half year contract, Sky Sports News has been said, taking it until the summer of 2025.
The former Rangers, Arsenal and Barcelona defender returns to Ibrox, subject to a work permit, to succeed Steven Gerrard, who left to lead Premier League side Aston Villa.
His first game at the head will be Thursday in the Europa League against Sparta Prague.
Rangers are four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership, still in the race for their Europa League group qualification and face Hibernian in the League Cup semi-final on Sunday.
“I am absolutely delighted to return to Rangers as the club’s new manager,” said Van Bronckhorst, who will be featured on Monday.
“I feel so lucky to be going to work with a team that is in a great position on all fronts and has a lot of that experience of being winners.
“I look forward to continuing and improving the work that has already been done alongside Ross Wilson and the club board, and I am grateful to have the chance to work at this huge club again.
“I look forward to meeting the incredible supporters of the club again and starting this new era for all of us.”
Former Netherlands striker Roy Maakay will join Rangers van Bronckhorst as one of his assistants. He previously worked with van Bronckhorst as a coach at Feyenoord.
Following Sunday’s clash against Hibs, Rangers face Sparta Prague in the Europa League at Ibrox ahead of key away league games at Livingston and Hibernian.
How the Rangers brought Gio back to Ibrox
Van Bronckhorst was on a long list of candidates that Rangers have long followed, sporting director Ross Wilson said.
This meant the Rangers could act quickly, deciding on the new manager within six days of Gerrard’s departure.
The Scottish Premiership champions’ key aim was to take the right nomination for the club’s future, with a Champions League qualification almost guaranteed if they retain their title this season.
“I am delighted to welcome Gio back to Rangers,” Wilson said. “He was respected all over Europe as a player and has already shown why he has the same respect as a coach.
“Gio has already been a winner, he knows the club, he knows the quality of the team and is absolutely aligned with our approach and our mindset.
“Apart from the formal discussions, Gio and I have already had many other informal conversations and I can see how excited he is. I can’t wait to introduce him to the team soon.”
What are Van Bronckhorst’s references?
The Dutchman played for Rangers between 1998 and 2001, winning five trophies, including two league titles, before moving on to some of Europe’s elite clubs such as Arsenal and Barcelona.
After hanging up his boots at Feyenoord in 2010, the 46-year-old joined Ronald Koeman’s coaching staff at the Dutch club, before taking full control in 2015.
He led Feyenoord to KNVB Cup success in his first full season at the helm, before sealing the Eredivisie title the following year – the club’s first in 18 years.
Van Bronckhorst then moved to Chinese Super League club Guangzhou City, where, after finishing 11th, he resigned to return to his family.
How Guardiola influenced Van Bronckhorst
In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News, originally published in May 2020, the former Netherlands captain revealed how spending five months with the City squad, studying the methods of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, helped shape his own philosophy and approach to the game. coaching.
The 45-year-old also benefited from the experience of facing the Spaniard in the Champions League group stage in opposing dugout canoes, as Guardiola’s City beat Van Bronckhorst’s Feyenoord 4-0 in the Netherlands and 1-0 at Etihad Stadium. back in the 2017/18 campaign.
“Last year I spent five months with the City squad and a lot of time in Manchester with Pep,” said Van Bronckhorst. Sky Sports News. “He was very open. He talked about the workouts and I could watch everything and see everything and talk with his staff.
“These are times when you can really see him in action and he’s a very special coach. These months with him in Manchester I’ve been able to see a lot of things that I haven’t seen before and that has helped me to develop myself as a coach.
“Pep is a coach right now who influences a lot of young coaches. And he’s not the only one, Jurgen Klopp is doing a great job at Liverpool.”
Gerrard: I finished the Ranger trip
Last season, Gerrard, who was named Rangers boss in 2018, helped the Glasgow side clinch a 55th Scottish league title, their first top-level title since 2011.
As he was announced as Villa’s head coach, Gerrard expressed his gratitude to all Rangers for the opportunity to manage “such an iconic football club” and said last season’s accomplishments “will always be of great importance. special place in my heart ”.
During his first press conference as Villa head coach on Thursday, Gerrard opened up on why he left Ibrox.
“It was a difficult decision and I took a heavy heart,” he said.
“I have built a great relationship with Rangers and it’s a club I have immense respect for.
“I was given a term three and a half years ago and we traveled and completed that term.
“Ten days ago the opportunity arose to join another iconic club and I think it’s important to make sure this press conference is about Aston Villa.
“It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
“Giovanni will be calm with the Rangers”
Speaking on Sky Sports News, Dutch football expert Marcel van der Kraan said:
“The club were in a very similar position to Rangers. Feyenoord hadn’t won the league in 18 years, there was no money, he had to work with young players with one or two bigger names. he was trying to bring in through his contacts, nobody expected him to beat Ajax with all his money, his big team and his big players.
“In Feyenoord he built and built and kept on building – it worked like a charm. He won the cup, he won the league. The football was great and the stadium was full.
“I’m not saying he’ll turn it all into magic right away in Ibrox, but he’s a guy who did the trick. I think he has all of this baggage in his backpack and he will use it very calmly.
“It’s the kind of experience you want when you want a manager to take charge of a team that has yet to develop in many ways.
“He’s a very calm guy, he’s not a hot head. He’s very calm but he knows what he wants. Don’t fall out with him and don’t try to upset him.”