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Ex-Barca Star Set To Become Aribo, Balogun’s Manager At Rangers

Ex-Barca Star Set To Become Aribo, Balogun’s Manager At Rangers

Former Barcelona defender Giovanni van Bronckhorst could become manager of Joe Aribo and Leon Balogun at Rangers as he has held talks with the Scottish champions.

Rangers held talks with Van Bronckhorst, 46, in London on Saturday morning as they search for a successor to Steven Gerrard, who left to take charge at Aston Villa on Thursday.

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They will hold talks with other shortlisted candidates over the course of this weekend.

Former Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes and ex-Rangers player Gennaro Gattuso are not options being considered by the Ibrox club.

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Gerrard had been in charge of Rangers since June 2018 and led the club to the Scottish Premiership title last season, ending Celtic’s nine-year reign as champions.

Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson is leading the search for a replacement, with the club understood to be happy with the strength of candidates and focused on getting the right fit for the job instead of rushing into a decision.

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Van Bronckhorst – who also played for Arsenal, Barcelona and Feyenoord – is thought to be keen on the vacancy at Ibrox and last May told Sky Sports “it would be a big dream” to manage one of his former clubs.

The Dutchman led Feyenoord to KNVB Cup success in his first full season in charge, before sealing the Eredivisie title the year after – the club’s first in 18 years.

Van Bronckhorst went on to join Chinese Super League club Guangzhou City, where, after finishing 11th, he quit to return to his family.

He played for Rangers between 1998 and 2001, winning five trophies, including two league titles.

Rangers are top of the Scottish Premiership, four points clear of Celtic after 13 games of the league campaign.

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