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Rangers appoint "a winner" in Giovanni van Bronckhorst

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Rangers have appointed Giovanni van Bronckhorst as their new manager. 

The former World Cup finalist with the Netherlands replaces Steven Gerrard, who left for Aston Villa last week.

Van Bronckhorst returns to a club with whom he played for three seasons, having moved to Ibrox from Feyenoord in 1998.

He went on to coach the Rotterdam side, before a job with Guangzhou R&FF in the Chinese Super League which he left last year.

"I am absolutely delighted to be returning to Rangers as the club’s new manager," said Van Bronckhorst.

“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.

“I look forward to carrying on and enhancing the work that has been done already alongside Ross Wilson and the board of the club, 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.”

The 46-year old takes over a Rangers team four-points clear of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership table. His first game in charge comes at home to Hibs this Sunday.

Sporting director Ross Wilson said, "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.

“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.

“Gio has been part of a long list of managers we have been tracking for a period of time to ensure we are always ready. When Steven intimated his decision last Wednesday, we immediately got to work on what was then a focused shortlist. We held initial talks within 48 hours and concluded our decision making within six days of the role becoming available.

“We found agreement with Gio extremely quickly and we have enjoyed working with him on assembling the backroom team that will complement an already excellent support staff that we have built here at Rangers.”

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