By Adefunmiloye Alani

19th Nov, 2021 | 10:00pm

Mikel Arteta sends best wishes to Gerrard and Giovanni van Bronckhorst

Rangers have replaced Steven Gerrard with Giovanni van Bronckhorst, and Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has sent his best wishes to the Ibrox outfit following the change.

The Dutchman returned to the Scottish Premiership outfit on Thursday after his predecessor left for Aston Villa last week following a three-and-a-half stint in the dugout, and all eyes are on both men as they take on different challenges.

Former Rangers midfielder Arteta is pleased with the job Gerrard did at the club, and he is hoping the new man in charge, who is currently in the process of appointing his coaching staff at Ibrox [The Scotsman], can deliver too.

The Gunners boss told Sky Sports (as shared on their official Twitter account): “As a Rangers fan as well, I must say thanks so much to Stevie and the coaching staff for what they did for the club, because they turned the club around in such a difficult moment.

“And to manage to win the league in the way they did it. Obviously it was a big boost. Football is like that. People want to move, they have all their expectations, and I wish the best to Giovanni and the club, and see what happens.”

Perfect successor?

Van Bronckhorst, 46, spent three seasons with the club between 1998 and 2001, winning two Scottish Premier League titles, two Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup, and he knows the exact nature of the job he has taken on.

As a manager, the Rangers hero led Feyenoord to their first Eredivisie title in 18 years in 2016-17, winning four other trophies before moving to Guangzhou R&F, and his experience should help him cope with the demands and pressure that come with managing the Bears.

There is a title to defend and both domestic cups to fight for, and the fans will be expecting him to clinch the league and at least one other silverware this term.

Doing that will definitely strengthen van Bronckhorst’s reputation, and he can become an instant legend once a place in the group stages of the Champions League is secured for the first time in 11 seasons.

Taking Rangers to the next level will be a tough challenge, and the Dutchman will fancy his chances.

In other Rangers news, The Athletic has shared if billionaire wants to buy the Bears after major development this month.