Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the brand new Rangers supervisor, however is he the fitting man to exchange Steven Gerrard at Ibrox?
The membership’s former striker and Sky Sports activities pundit Kris Boyd discusses the Dutchman’s appointment, the squad he’s inheriting and the targets for this season.
Van Bronckhorst has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal, Sky Sports activities Information has been informed, taking him up till the summer time of 2025.
The previous Rangers, Arsenal and Barcelona defender returns to Ibrox, topic to receipt of a piece allow, to succeed Gerrard, who left to handle Premier League facet Aston Villa.
He’ll take coaching for the primary time on Tuesday forward of Thursday’s Europa League recreation towards Sparta Prague.
Former Netherlands striker Roy Maakay will be part of the Ibrox teaching setup after the pair beforehand labored collectively at Feyenoord the place van Bronckhorst led the Dutch facet to the KNVB Cup in his first full season in cost, earlier than sealing the Eredivisie title the yr after – the membership’s first in 18 years.
Van Bronckhorst mentioned he’s “completely delighted to be returning to Rangers” however how will he fare at Ibrox?
Is he the fitting man for the job?
“You possibly can perceive why the membership have taken their time, this appointment needs to be the fitting one,” Boyd informed Sky Sports activities.
“Gio has been right here as a participant and understands what the followers need and that is to win video games. If you are able to do it with type that is an additional bonus.
“Figuring out him and what he’ll carry to Rangers, the appointment suits. The gamers right here play a system he is aware of and he has proven in Holland he can take groups to the following stage.”
What kind of a coach is he?
“After I was doing my teaching badges he was variety sufficient to let me go over to Feyenoord for 4 or 5 days.
“He’s a coach who needs to be on the coaching pitch, he needs to be on the market making the gamers higher.
“That’s actually essential as nicely as a result of there are a variety of proficient gamers at Rangers and for those who get them firing on all cylinders the membership generally is a actual menace.
“His type, philosophy and imaginative and prescient is aligned with the membership’s and that’s important. It is clear he has a plan Rangers purchase into and having seen him in motion within the Netherlands it’s a nice transfer for each him and the membership.”
What should he ship this season?
“Giovanni Van Bronckhorst is coming into Ibrox with a great squad and might be anticipated to problem in each cup competitors and win the league as nicely.
“At the start you could win the league, particularly with what’s at stake this season. The winners are all however assured to go straight into the Champions League subsequent season and the funds are essential for any Scottish membership going ahead.
“Individuals will say Gerrard’s exit was is unhealthy timing, however for those who take a look at it the opposite method, lots of people have talked about he has solely received one trophy in 9.
“Nicely, Gio is six weeks away from really lifting a trophy that Gerrard didn’t do, in a cup, if the facet win two video games. The chance is there for Gio.”
Does he have the squad to win the title?
“Steven Gerrard has executed a wonderful job and left the squad in a wholesome place. It isn’t typically a supervisor leaves a soccer membership when it is in such a great place.
“I do not actually suppose there’s a lot wanted to be executed with the squad. There have been performances that have not been on the stage anticipated, however you are 4 factors clear on the prime of the desk so there’s not an enormous upheaval wanted.
“Generally with somebody new coming in, a brand new voice on the coaching pitch can get an additional few % from the gamers.
“I’ll all the time say that you’re not in charge of outcomes, however what you might be in charge of is making the atmosphere you might be working in a greater working atmosphere for gamers to return to work and folks to show up and signify Rangers. Steven undoubtedly did that with the assistance of everybody else behind the scenes.
“He is left the staff in a great place. It is as much as Giovanni Van Bronckhorst to hold that on and transfer the staff ahead.”