Rangers ‘finalising’ deal with Giovanni van Bronckhorst to replace Gerrard

Scottish Premiership champions Rangers are close to appointing Giovanni van Bronckhorst as manager with a deal almost done.

The Ibrox club are in search of a new boss after Steven Gerrard opted to move to Aston Villa having guided the Gers to a first league title in 10 years.

Last seen in the Far East with Chinese Super League outfit Guangzhou R&F, van Bronckhorst has been unemployed since December.

But that now looks set to change with reports that Dutchman is close to 'finalising' a deal.

TalkSport journalist Jim White took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to all but confirm the appointment.

He tweeted: "Just had it confirmed that @RangersFC and representatives of Giovanni van Bronckhorst are close tonight to finalising [a] deal which will see the Dutchman become the club’s new manager."

If appointed, the 46-year-old will need no introduction to the Rangers faithful having proved a popular figure at Ibrox during his playing days.

A two-time Scottish Premier League winner, van Bronckhorst was part of their treble-winning side of 1999 where the Gers won the league title, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup before completing the double a year later.

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Still relatively unproven in management, the former midfielder led boyhood club Feyenoord to the Eredivisie title in 2017 whilst also recording to KNVB Cups during his tenure.

Van Bronckhorst stepped down from his role at the end of the 2018/19 season, spending eight months out of the game before making a move to China.

He lasted just 11 months in the Far East though, quitting after just one season so he could return to his family.

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