By Adefunmiloye Alani

20th Nov, 2021 | 1:00pm

Van Bronckhorst made Rangers aware of his interest in the job in October

Giovanni van Bronckhorst became Rangers manager on Thursday, but he was ready to take over from his predecessor Steven Gerrard as early as October.

According to The Athletic, the Ibrox outfit were made aware of the Dutchman’s interest in taking over, whenever the vacancy should arise, after the Aston Villa boss was linked with Newcastle United last month.

Van Bronckhorst has been handed a long-term deal which expires in 2025, with the club hoping he can help establish them as the best team in the land and take them back into the Champions League.

Best for the job

The former Feyenoord boss was ready to take over from Gerrard earlier than he did, and he would have felt relieved after finally sealing a return to Ibrox.

Work permit delay would see him only watch Sunday’s League Cup semi-final with Hibernian from the stand, but Rangers can expect something new once he takes his place in the dugout for Thursday’s Europa League clash with Sparta Prague.

No one knows exactly how GvB’s reign will pan out, but his time in the Eredivisie and Chinese Super League hint at someone capable of taking the Bears to the next level.

His readiness to take up such a challenge midway through the campaign speaks volumes, and he will be more than keen to deliver given his knowledge of the club and fans.

Rangers could end securing a domestic treble this season despite the significant changes now happening in the technical area, and van Bronckhorst will end up establishing himself as a hero all over again should that happen.

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