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Giovanni van Bronckhorst has arrived as the new Rangers manager after Steven Gerrard took up the Aston Villa job. However, the Dutchman has already run into problems at Ibrox.
“I am absolutely delighted to be returning to Rangers as the club’s new manager,” Van Bronckhorst said after his appointment as Rangers manager.
However, the 46-year-old’s first demand might already fall through as he waits to hear whether he will get his preferred assistant on the staff.
Gers fans are over the moon to welcome Van Bronckhorst back to the club after he spent three years there as a player.
Under the management of Dick Advocaat, the Dutchman won over the supporters with his brilliant ability on the ball and notable skill – scoring 22 times during his stint before joining Arsenal for £8.5m in 2001.
But there is a battle on to appoint the coach’s preferred right-hand man Jean-Paul Gastel.
Prior to becoming Rangers boss, Van Bronckhorst had coached in China for a year with Guangzhou City.
When he departed that role, Gastel stood in and eventually was hired full-time and the Chinese Super League outfit have no intention of letting him go, report the Daily Record.
The 49-year-old has been with the former left-back throughout his coaching career but this could signal an ending to their partnership.
However, former Bayern Munich striker Roy Makaay is expected to join the staff at Ibrox over the next coming days.
As well as the Dutchman, renowned physiotherapist Arno Phillips is also set to follow and data and performance analyst Yori Bosschart looks set to leave his role with the United Arab Emirates to do so as well.
Van Bronckhorst will not take charge of his first game until next week but could be in the stands ahead of the Scottish League Cup semi-final against Hibernian.
However, sporting director Ross Wilson was coy on his arrival, saying: “I think they can expect to see him in Glasgow soon. I’m not going to put a date on that. But he will be with us very, very soon. He will be in the dugout soon.
“He won’t be in the dugout at Hampden but we expect him to be at the game. In fact, I’m sure he will be at the game. He’s excited for the game for two reasons. One, it’s the semi-final. Two, he is joining Rangers and he is excited for that.
“But three, he knows what the Rangers fans are like. He knows that they will be 100 per cent and more behind the club come the weekend in that semi-final.
“I think he’s just excited to be part of all that. He will be with us very soon. We will see him in Glasgow very soon. And he’ll be in the dugout very soon, albeit not on Sunday.”
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