Rangers have appointed Giovanni Van Bronckhorst as their new manager following the departure of Steven Gerrard to Aston Villa.

The 46-year-old Dutchman, who played for Rangers between 1998 and 2001, claiming five trophies including two league titles will replace Steven Gerrard – who left for Aston Villa.

On agreeing the deal, Van Bronckhorst said:

“I feel so lucky to be going to work with a squad which is in a great position on all fronts and largely has that experience of being winners,” he added.

“I look forward to carrying on and enhancing the work that has been done already and I’m grateful for the chance to work again at this huge football club.

“I cannot wait to meet the club’s incredible supporters again and begin this new era for us all.”

Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson revealed that Van Bronckhorst had been “part of a long list” of coaches that the club had been tracking “to ensure we are always ready”.

“Gio has already shown himself to be a winner, he knows the club, he knows the quality of the squad and is absolutely aligned with our approach and mindset,” Wilson said.

“Outside of the formal discussions, Gio and I have already had numerous other informal conversations and I can see how excited he is. I am looking forward to introducing him to the squad soon.”

Chairman Douglas Park added that the Ibrox club would “support Giovanni and Ross to continue to make Rangers a success”.

Good luck to Van Bronckhorst and Rangers on this new adventure together.

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