By Saikat Mandal

19th Nov, 2021 | 9:10am

Graham Roberts reacts as Rangers appoint Giovanni van Bronckhorst as their next manager

Rangers have confirmed that Giovanni van Bronchhorst has become their next manager.

The 46-year-old will replace Steven Gerrard – who joined Aston Villa – subject to a work permit.

The former Gers player has become the 17th manager of this iconic club.

Gio took to Twitter to express his reaction shortly after the official confirmation. He said he is “very excited and proud to be returning to Rangers as the club’s new manager”.

Former Rangers player, Graham Roberts, has taken to Twitter to express his reaction. He wrote: “Good luck Gio, do us proud.”

Glittering career

The Dutchman enjoyed a trophy-laden glittering playing career. He won five trophies, including two league titles during his time at Rangers from 1998-2001.

He also played for Arsenal and Barcelona, winning a Champions League title with the latter. Gio also won 106 caps for his country.

He started his managerial career under Ronaldo Koeman, joining him as a coaching staff at Feyenoord. He went on to become their manager in 2015.

He guided the Rotterdam side to their first Eredivisie title in 18 years, which is a massive achievement.

Gio won’t be in place for Sunday’s semi-final clash against Hibs and Hampden Park. He should be in attendance but won’t be in charge of the team.

He has inherited a very good squad but he still has a lot to do. The Gers will be defending the title in the Scottish Premiership, while they are one win away from the Europa League knockout rounds, and are also in the semi-finals of the League Cup.

In other Rangers news, this coach could be set to follow van Bronckhorst to Ibrox this week