Rangers fans gather outside Ibrox
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Incoming Rangers boss Gio van Bronckhorst is believed to hold a key advantage over his Celtic counterpart Ange Postecoglou as he prepares to take the reins in Glasgow. At present, Rangers hold a four-point advantage over their local rivals, and fans will hope that momentum can be built on from Steven Gerrard’s time in charge.
The Rangers hotseat has been left vacant since Gerrard took the Aston Villa job last weekend.
Fairly quickly, Van Bronckhorst found himself front-running as the former Gers star seeks a return to management after leaving Guangzhou in 2020.
His prior success with Feyenoord has made him a hot managerial prospect, while his glittering playing career also adds to what he brings to the table.
Those attributes are believed to have given him leverage in negotiations with Rangers, at least according to former Celtic winger Davie Provan.
He believes Van Bronckhorst is in a powerful position and will call the shots in talks unlike Postecoglou, who he claims was grateful to be given the job at Celtic.
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“Van Bronckhorst for me is in a really strong position here,” he told the Go Radio Football Show.
“If you look at the contrast of Postecoglou coming into Celtic, and probably grateful to get the job and Celtic pulling a lot of the shots in terms of the backroom team.
“I don’t think that’s the case in this instance.
“Van Bronckhorst, given his status in the game and where he has been – Arsenal, Barcelona – and he has won a title in Holland, I think he will be calling the shots.
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“And he will be making sure that everything he is asking for, he is going to get.”
Although Van Bronckhorst is deemed to be in a stronger position than Postecoglou was, he will certainly be under big pressure to deliver after Gerrard’s recent success.
Last season, the former Liverpool star led his side to an undefeated league title and their first in 10 years.
Such was their dominance, they finished a mammoth 25 points clear of bitter rivals Celtic – a feat which may not be matched for some time.
While Gerrard’s departure from Ibrox was undoubtedly painful, he did give them a special mention during his first Aston Villa press conference on Thursday.
“It was a difficult decision and I certainly left with a heavy heart,” he admitted.
“I built up some fantastic relationships up at Rangers. It’s a club that I’ve got immense respect for.
“I was given a remit three-and-a-half years ago up at Rangers and went on a journey and we completed that remit.”
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