By Olly Allen

22nd Nov, 2021 | 6:45pm

Giovanni van Bronckhorst reveals plans for conversation with Steven Gerrard

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst has revealed he has been in touch with predecessor Steven Gerrard.

The Dutchman spoke to the media on Monday afternoon for the first time since he was confirmed as the new man in the Ibrox dugout.

It follows the club’s 3-1 defeat to Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi-final on Sunday, which van Bronckhorst watched from the Hampden Park stands.

In his press conference, the 46-year-old said that he plans to have a conversation with Gerrard soon, after the Englishman congratulated him on getting the Bears job.

“He sent a message by email which was really nice and of course for him it’s a change in club,” van Bronckhorst said.

“I think we will definitely be in contact in the coming weeks to talk about stuff.

“He has done a really great job at Rangers and now has moved to the Premier League to Aston Villa so I personally wish him all the best and there will be some contact in the next weeks.”

Good idea

It is testament to the class of Gerrard that he has already been in touch with van Bronckhorst, despite no doubt having a busy first 10 days as manager of Aston Villa.

There will be no better man for the Dutchman to receive advice from, as Gerrard knows this group of players better than anybody, bringing many to Glasgow and moulding them into a title-winning squad.

The semi-final defeat to Hibernian suggests that despite Rangers currently being top of the Scottish Premiership, it is not going to be plain sailing at Ibrox for van Bronckhorst.

He has already admitted that he was “not happy” with what he saw at Hampden Park, suggesting that changes would be made immediately, which is very encouraging for supporters to hear.

In other Rangers news, an official club partner has fired back at Tom English after his latest bitter jibe at the Bears.