Rangers have reportedly held “positive” talks with Giovanni van Bronckhorst as the Scottish champions search for a new manager after Steven Gerrard left for Aston Villa earlier this week.
The Ibrox hierarchy will weigh up more candidates over the weekend after speaking to their former defender, according to reports.
Van Bronckhorst is the favourite to replace Gerrard and is a popular choice among the Gers fanbase after he spent three years at the club during his playing career.
The former left-back moved to the Scottish giants in 1998 before leaving for Arsenal in 2001.
He won two Scottish league titles during his time in Scotland before winning two FA Cups and a Premier League title with the Gunners.
Van Bronckhorst’s first managerial role was with Feyenoord after spells as their assistant manager and Under-21 boss.
The 46-year-old spent four years in charge of the Eredivisie club – winning two Dutch Cups, two Dutch Super Cups and a single league title in 2016/17 – Feyenoord’s first in 18 years.
After a short stint in China, the former Holland captain could return to management with Rangers.
Sky Sports claim the Teddy Bears held “positive” talks with van Bronckhorst over the vacant managerial job.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s representative tells @SkySportsNews they held “positive talks” with Rangers today over vacant managerial position. Footage shows van Bronckhorst leaving London earlier. #RangersFC #vanBronckhorst pic.twitter.com/e0w7YezToH
— Dharmesh Sheth (@skysports_sheth) November 13, 2021
The report adds that ex-Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes and former Rangers midfielder Gennaro Gattuso are not options being considered by Rangers.
Van Bronckhorst is thought to be keen on the role, and told Sky Sports last May “it would be a big dream” to manage one of his former clubs.
Meanwhile, Ally McCoist claims Gerrard left “a bad taste in some of the supporters’ mouths” at Rangers after leaving the club for Aston Villa.
When asked about speculation surrounding a possible move away from Ibrox, Gerrard told BT Sport three weeks ago: “Do I look happy? Do I look settled? Don’t ask me silly questions then.”
With those comments taken into account, McCoist thinks a number of Rangers fans will find his departure hard to swallow.
“What Steven achieved was winning arguably the most important title for Rangers fans of the last 25 to 30 years,” McCoist told talkSPORT.
“But, to be brutally honest, there is a bad taste in some of the supporters’ mouths about the way it’s happened. Particularly after that interview where Emma [Dodds] asked the question, as she should. That’s her job.”
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