By Saikat Mandal

22nd Nov, 2021 | 6:10am

Gio van Bronckhorst shares first impression on Rangers squad

Giovanni van Bronckhorst insists Steven Gerrard did a fantastic job at Rangers.

The Dutchman will be in the stands at Hampden as the Gers will take on Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi-final clash.

The 46-year-old has suggested that he has inherited a “very good squad” from Gerrard, and he will be looking to make them even better.

“Steven did a great job in helping them become as strong as they are now,” said Gio to Rangers Tv.

“It is very good, winning the title last season has given the team a lot of confidence.

“It has given the club a moment to cherish and celebrate, I think for me that’s the desire you need to have to become successful, to win prizes.”

Strong platform

The Dutchman is a very good appointment for the club.

He is that type of manager who loves to work with what he has got, rather than making a wholesome change to the squad straight away.

Gerrard’s departure from the club may not have gone well among the Gers fans, but he has indeed left Gio with a strong squad to work with.

Gerrard took charge of Rangers when they were wandering in no direction and he made them a strong force once again.

Rangers are top of the SPFL this season, four points above Celtic, while they can reach the finals of the Scottish League Cup with a win here.

On top of that, the Ibrox outfit are still alive in the Europa League, so Van Bronckhorst has a solid platform to work with.

He will stamp his own authority, no doubt, but the Dutchman is likely to make gradual changes in the squad.

In other Rangers news, the Daily Record’s back page after van Bronckhorst was hired is vanity personified.