Giovanni Van Bronckhorst is confirmed as the new Rangers manager following the departure of Steven Gerrard

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst is about to be confirmed as the new Rangers manager.

After further negotiations, an agreement was about to be reached on Wednesday and an announcement could be made within the next 24 hours.

The completion of Van Bronckhorst’s backroom team was understood as the main topic that was still being discussed on Wednesday evening.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is confirmed as Rangers’ new manager

The Dutchman will replace Steven Gerrard (above) Ibrox after leaving Aston Villa

The 46-year-old was an Ibrox midfielder between 1998 and 2001 and won five major trophies.

Van Bronckhorst and his agent flew to London on Saturday to meet Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson and chief executive Stewart Robertson.

A club delegation then visited Amsterdam to continue talks on Tuesday, during which, among other things, contract details and transfer strategy were discussed.

Assuming there are no unexpected late-night problems, Van Bronckhorst will land the coveted position and return to Glasgow after a 20-year absence.

Van Bronckhorst will take over from the Rangers where he played after a 20 year absence

From the very beginning of the process, he has made it clear that he would like to lead the Rangers’ offering in order to secure back-to-back Premiership titles and receive the huge financial boost of an almost certain Champions League qualification.

The Rangers discussed other candidates but were impressed by Van Bronckhorst’s thoughts on the way forward and believe that he can ideally fit into the structure of the club.

The Ibrox side are in the League Cup semi-finals against Hibernian on Sunday but it is not yet clear whether Van Bronckhorst would take over this game if the formalities were dealt with on time.

An interim management team made up of Jermain Defoe, B-Team coaches David McCallum and Brian Gilmour and goalkeeping coach Colin Stewart led the preparations for the duel in Hampden on the Auchenhowie training ground this week.

Jermain Defoe (above) is part of a team of four caretakers officially appointed by the Rangers

The Rangers face an important Europa League visit from Sparta Prague next Thursday before returning to Premiership business against Livingston three days later.

Van Bronckhorst won the Eredivisie title in 2017 and two KNVB Cups in four seasons as Feyenoord manager.

After stepping down from this job in 2019, he studied Pep Guardiola’s methods in Manchester City before moving to Chinese club Guangzhou R&F in January 2020.

He left after an eleventh season due to the effects of the Covid pandemic and returned to the Netherlands to be with his family.

Van Bronckhorst has been thinking about seeing former assistant Jean-Paul van Gastel, who is currently the head coach of Guangzhou City, China. It was reported on Wednesday that the Super League club had not received a request from Van Gastel to leave him.

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