Rangers appoint Giovanni van Bronckhorst as Steven Gerrard’s replacement

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Ex-Rangers star Giovanni van Bronckhorst has returned to Ibrox as the club's new manager.

The popular Dutchman has replaced Steven Gerrard in the hot seat following his departure last week for Aston Villa.

The 46-year-old said: “I am absolutely delighted to be returning to Rangers as the club’s new manager.

“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.”

Van Bronckhorst won five trophies during his successful time as manager of Feyenoord, enjoying success in the Eredivise and in cup competitions.

During his time as a player at Ibrox too, he picked up five trophies as the versatile talent won two league titles, two Scottish Cups and a League Cup, while making 118 appearances and scoring 22 goals in the process.

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Rangers Chairman Douglas Park said: “I am delighted to welcome Giovanni as our manager to begin a new era and build further on what has already been achieved at the club.

“The team is in a good position on the park and, as a board, we will support both Giovanni and Ross Wilson to continue to make Rangers a success.

“I wish Giovanni all the very best in his role and look forward to working closely alongside him.”

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