By Doug Ward

21st Nov, 2021 | 7:10pm

Giovanni van Bronckhorst now has work permit to manage Rangers, Derek McInnes reacts

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been granted a UK work permit so he can begin work with Rangers, according to Darrell Currie.

Speaking on Premier Sports 1 ahead of the Scottish League Cup semi-final clash with Hibernian on Sunday, television host Currie shared the update on van Bronckhorst and asked Derek McInnes for his reaction.

The Dutchman was able to address the team himself at Hampden Park but opted not to and McInnes says that is down to him.

“I believe he now has his work permit, Derek,” said BT Sport host Currie.

“He’s not going to address the team, I’m told he’s going to stay in the stands.

“Do you think that’s the right decision because officially now, he could go down, say hello, see them? But he’s not going to.”

McInnes replied by saying: “It doesn’t really matter if it’s the right decision, it’s his decision.”

Currie then asked if McInnes would do that if he was in charge and he replied: “I don’t know. I think for him, he’d have a good look at the team.

“There’s no doubt there’s some catching up on how the team has been the last wee while. And the good thing, it has to be said, is that you don’t always get a manager going into the job where the team’s doing so well.

“They’re top of the league and going well on all fronts. He’s got a good squad of players there to work with.”

Taking it all in

Van Bronckhorst could have been on the touchline at Hampden but in all reality, it’s a good job the new Rangers manager wasn’t.

Gio’s not been able to train with the players and will have not been able to get his tactics across to them for this game.

David McCallum, Jermain Defoe and co will have been able to implement basically what Steven Gerrard was doing at Auchenhowie, so the transition was made way less bumpy.

Van Bronckhorst was sat high up in the stands at Hampden Park so he will have had a very good view of everyone’s performance against Hibs.

There’ll be some who impressed the returning Dutchman – and some who didn’t.

We’ll be better placed for the match against Sparta Prague now van Bronckhorst had that experience on Sunday so let’s hope he’s able to get off to a flying start in a vital Europa League match at Ibrox.

In other Rangers news, Sir Kenny Dalglish expects van Bronckhorst to make this fringe player one of his key men.