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Rangers fans take note: insight provided into Giovanni van Bronckhorst negotiations

Rangers fans take note: insight provided into Giovanni van Bronckhorst negotiations

Van Bronckhorst inching toward Ibrox return

Rangers continue their managerial search in the wake of former boss Steven Gerrard officially departed Ibrox for Aston Villa two days ago, and have honed in on a potential replacement.

Former Gers star Giovanni van Bronckhorst is on the shortlist of candidates that could replace the Liverpool legend at the Scottish giants, and according to SkySports reporter Dharmesh Sheth, the club held positive talks with the Dutchman.

Van Bronckhorst enjoyed an impressive two-and-a-half year’s at Rangers between 1998-2001, making 117-appearances and scoring 22-goals in the process before moving on to Premier League giants Arsenal and then Barcelona two seasons later.

But his managerial spell at Dutch giants Feyenoord Rotterdam is the basis for his potential Rangers appointment, one that was highly successful.

The 106-times capped former Dutch international spent four seasons at the De Kuip Stadium with De club aan de Maas, taking charge of 176-matches (107-26-43) across all competitions while netting a 60.80% win rate en route to an Eredivisie win in 2016-17 and a pair of Dutch Cup wins in 2015-16 and 2017-18.

Feyenoord was the top attacking side during their Eredivisie triumph under Van Bronckhorst, bagging 86-goals in 34-matches while posting an impressive 26-4-4 record while never falling below first place for the duration of the season.

Gerrard linked to peg Rangers talent in January

The backlash of Steven Gerrard leaving Rangers was maybe a bit expected given the timing of his move to Aston Villa in the wake of Dean Smith’s sacking, and the feelings of animosity could increase if he gets his way come the January window.

Recent links have claimed that Gerrard has an interest in bringing Rangers star Glen Kamara to Villa Park in the winter window in a move that would strip the Scottish giants of a potentially irreplaceable midfield fulcrum.

Rangers fans take note: insight provided into Giovanni van Bronckhorst negotiations

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 16: Glen Kamara of Rangers looks on as he warms up prior to the UEFA Europa League group A match between Rangers FC and Olympique Lyon at Ibrox Stadium on September 16, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

To make matters worse, links have also surfaced with the possibility of Scottish international Nathan Patterson also heading off to follow his former boss to the Premier League in such an untimely window for Rangers to negotiate.

Should one or both moves come off for Aston Villa, Giovanni van Bronckhorst will have an even more difficult task ahead to keep Rangers atop the Scottish footballing ladder.

This article was edited by Ben Browning.