Rangers ‘hold Giovanni van Bronckhorst talks in London’ as manager hunt heats up

Rangers have reportedly held talks with Giovanni van Bronkhorst in London as they step up their search to appoint a new manager.

The Scottish champions are looking for a replacement for Steven Gerrard after their title winning boss left the club to become manager of Premier League side Aston Villa on Thursday.

Sky Sports report that the talks with the former Feyenoord boss were held in the English capital on Saturday morning, with talks planned with other candidates throughout the rest of the weekend.

van Bronkhorst has been without a club since leaving Chinese Super League outfit Guangzhou R&F in December last year.

The hunt for a new manager is being led by Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson, with the club keen to find the right fit from their shortlist of candidates.

However, former Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes and ex-Rangers midfielder Gennaro Gattuso are reportedly not being considered for the job.

van Bronkhorst spent three years with Rangers as a player from 1998 to 2001 and revealed in an interview in May 2020 that "it would be a big dream" for him to take charge of one of his old clubs.

The Dutchman made 73 appearances for Rangers but won two league titles during his time playing in Scotland before he moved to Arsenal.

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The 46-year-old retired from playing in 2010 and spent four years as assistant manager at Feyenoord before taking the top job.

During this period, he also spent a year in charge of the club's under-21 side between 2012 and 2013.

He was appointed first team boss at Feyenoord in 2015 and guided the club to two Dutch Cup wins in 2016 and 2018 as well as a first league title in 18 years in 2017.

Rangers currently sit top of the Scottish Premiership after 13 matches of the season and are four points clear of Old Firm rivals Celtic.

If appointed, van Bronkhorst's first match in charge would likely be the Scottish League Cup semi-final against Hibernian at Hampden Park next Sunday.

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