Gio van Bronckhorst confirms private chat with Steven Gerrard at his Rangers unveiling

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Giovanni van Bronckhorst has revealed he plans to have a private chat with Steven Gerrard after being unveiled as Rangers boss today. The former Gers star replaced Gerrard at the helm after the Englishman left to join Premier League side Aston Villa.

Van Bronckhorst played for Rangers from 1998-2001, winning two league titles, two Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup in his time at Ibrox.

His exploits there earned him a move to Arsenal and Barcelona, where he won a combined three league titles, alongside a Champions League in his time at the Nou Camp – incidentally against Arsenal.

It has taken twenty years for Van Bronckhorst to return to Glasgow, but after managerial spells at Feyenoord and Ghangzhou, Rangers hired him as their new boss following Gerrard’s departure.

Van Bronckhorst, who will meet his new players on Tuesday, revealed he got a classy message from Gerrard after his appointment and plans to hold further talks with him over the coming weeks.

“He sent a message by email – which was really nice,” Van Bronckhorst said at his first press conference on Monday.

“He’s done a really job good at Rangers and has moved to Aston Villa.

“But there will be contact in the next weeks, yes.”

The Dutchman, who watched on from the stands on the weekend as his new side lost 3-1 against Hibernian at Hampden Park in the Scottish League Cup semi-final, has however insisted he will not mimick Gerrard’s preferred line-up at the club.

He vowed to give everyone a clean slate as he sent a message to the players who had been frozen out of the first team by ex-boss Gerrard. 

“I like players to work hard and to show me and club they want to play,” he said.

“It’s a new beginning for them – and I’m a coach who will bring confidence to everyone.

“It’s a new beginning for all of us.”

Van Bronckhorst also revealed he will be working closely with sporting director Ross Wilson and refused to rule out bringing in new additions in the January transfer room. 

He added: “Their philosophy and ambition, for me, is really good.”

“We’ll always be discussing players coming in and going out.

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“I’ll be talking with Ross daily about the future of this club.”

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