Giovanni van Bronckhorst has emerged as one of the bookies’ favourites to become the next Rangers manager.
The Ibrox club are still on the lookout for a replacement for Pedro Caixinha after he was sacked last month.
With Graeme Murty in charge, the team looks in better shape – winning both of their games comfortably since the Englishman stepped up from the under 20s.
But it appears clear that Rangers will go for someone else to lead the team long term.
And, according to most bookmakers, he’s second favourite to become the next manager – just behind favourite Derek McInnes.
Yet why is van Bronckhorst looking like the right fit for Rangers? Here, we take a look:
He’s an ex-Ger
Considering how good van Bronckhorst was at Arsenal, Barcelona and Feyenoord later in his career, you can understand why some might forget he played at Rangers. But he spent three years at the club between 1998 and 2001, winning five major trophies, and was very popular with the supporters. It appears now, more than ever, that Rangers need a manager who knows what the club is all about if they’re to get back to competing for every trophy domestically.
He’s already won against the odds
Feyenoord might be one of the biggest teams in Dutch football, but they hadn’t won the Eredivisie since 1999 before picking up the title under van Bronckhorst last season. That was a major achievement and saw Feyenoord return to Champions League football this campaign too. He’s shown he can turn around the fortunes of a former giant – and that’s exactly what Rangers need.
The fans want him
Just take a look at some of the reaction to his name being heavily mentioned with the job:
He plays football the right way
Feyenoord scored a whopping 86 goals as they won the Eredivisie last season, outscoring Ajax, who boast a talented attacking team. Just take a look at some of the goals above to see how good some of Feyenoord’s football is.
He’s got the pedigree
Van Bronckhorst has also won a KNVB Cup with Feyenoord and his playing career with multiple top teams and the Dutch national team makes him a high calibre option for Rangers – something they need if they’re to compete with Celtic and Brendan Rodgers.
He gets Rangers
Speaking in the past about Ibrox: “I’ve played in England and I don’t think that any stadium in the Premiership can compare with Ibrox for its intimidating atmosphere – it is far above them.”
And he makes good signings
Just look at Nicolai Jorgensen, who he signed for £3.15million from Rosenborg at the start of last season. Twenty five goals in 42 games later, Feyenoord are champions and the Dutchman is being linked with £18million moves away from the club. Add Sam Larsson, Eljero Elia, Dirk Kuyt, Jan-Arie van der Heijden and Eric Botteghin to the list of quality signings van Bronckhorst has made without spending a lot of money.