By Nick Ware

17th Nov, 2021 | 1:21pm

Giovanni van Bronckhorst plotting assistant swoops as Rangers talks intensify

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is working to identify assistants ready to join him mid-season at Rangers as talks over the vacant manager’s job continue.

That’s according to The Athletic, with journalist Jordan Campbell claiming that discussions over backroom staff are the “main focus” of the bid to bring van Bronckhorst back to Ibrox as Steven Gerrard’s successor.

The Gers are said to be “happy” with how events are progressing and are not putting a timescale on the appointment, though the Dutchman is the leading candidate.

Backroom buddies prep

There may not be a formal, written contract on the table for van Bronckhorst to sign yet, but that hasn’t stopped him making moves and planning his first steps as Rangers manager.

Clearly, he will not want to join the club without some assurances that he will get to pick some staff members.

Gerrard’s departure to Villa precipitated a cluster of coaches heading south to join the Premier League outfit, and thus there is a lot of work to be done in bringing more in to cover for the significant losses.

The likes of Jermain Defoe are still around and are expected to take charge of Sunday’s League Cup clash against Hibernian at Ibrox, and most will likely stick around for the new boss.

But any manager, including van Bronckhorst, is likely to try and bring in some trusty lieutenants of his own to implement his own methods.

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