Giovanni van Bronckhorst is pictured in London for crunch talks with Rangers chiefs over replacing Steven Gerrard in the Ibrox dugout – with betting suspended on the Dutchman taking charge
- Giovanni van Bronckhorst is now clear favourite to be the new Rangers manager
- Betting is suspended on the Dutchman, 46, replacing Steven Gerrard at Ibrox
- Gerrard left the Scottish champions to join Aston Villa on Thursday November 11
- And former Rangers midfielder van Bronckhorst has been snapped in London
- The 106-cap international jetted in on Saturday for crunch talks with club chiefs
Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been pictured in London on Saturday after flying in for crunch talks with Rangers about becoming their new manager.
The Dutchman is such a clear favourite for the job that betting is now suspended on him replacing Steven Gerrard in the dugout at Ibrox, after Gerrard left the Scottish champions to join Aston Villa on Thursday.
The Ibrox Channel Twitter account posted a video of van Bronckhorst, who has previously described the prospect of managing Rangers as a ‘huge honour’, in the capital for meetings with club chiefs about filling the vacant managerial position.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst (pictured right) has been pictured in London for talks with Rangers
Dutchman van Bronckhorst is the overwhelming favourite to take over from Steven Gerrard
Gerrard (above) departed Ibrox for Aston Villa after a three-and-a-half year stay in Glasgow
Sky Bet have suspended betting on Van Bronckhorst being the next Rangers boss
The caption read: ‘It’s another #IbroxChannel EXCLUSIVE! Giovanni van Bronckhorst arriving in London for talks with #RangersFC about the vacant manager position #Rangers #Gio #GVB #Oranje #EveryoneAnyone #Netherlands’.
The video shows former Feyenoord and Guangzhou boss van Bronckhorst walking down the street in discussion with another man, being led by a security guard outside a Pret a Manger shop.
Both Rangers and van Bronckhorst are reportedly keen to wrap up negotiations quickly, with a view to the 46-year-old being in charge in time for the Scottish League Cup semi-final against Hibernian at Hampden Park on Sunday November 21.
He is said to be hoping to appoint Jean-Paul van Gastel, a colleague at Feyenoord, and Jan Wouters as part of his backroom team, with sporting director Ross Wilson overseeing the appointment of Gerrard’s successor for the Scottish champions.
With backroom team Gary McAllister, Michael Beale, Tom Culshaw and Jordan Milsom all heading to Villa with Gerrard, the Ibrox outfit are facing massive upheaval at a critical juncture in their campaign.
Van Bronckhorst spent four years in charge of Dutch side Feyenoord, bringing them their first Eredivisie title in 18 years, before leaving Chinese outfit Guangzhou after 11 months for personal reasons.
Gerrard departs Rangers having won them their 55th Scottish league title, ending Celtic’s run
Gary McAllister (right) and the rest of Gerrard’s backroom team are following him to Villa Park
The former Holland captain, who reached the 2010 World Cup final, made 117 appearances for Rangers between 1998-2001 before moving on to Arsenal.
Second in the race is former Norwich defender and current Swansea boss Russell Martin, who played at Rangers for one season in 2017-18, at 10/3.
Ex-Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is third favourite with John Terry and Frank Lampard further out at 7/1 and 12/1 respectively, with Alex Neil, Slaven Bilic and Dean Smith – who Gerrard has replaced at Villa Park – also on the list.
Second in the race is former Norwich defender and current Swansea boss Russell Martin
John Terry, pictured during his coaching spell at Villa earlier this year, is another candidate
After leaving Rangers following a successful tenure, Gerrard said on Thursday: ‘I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everybody associated with Glasgow Rangers for giving me the opportunity to manage such an iconic football club.
‘Helping them secure a record-breaking 55th league title will always hold a special place in my heart.
‘I would like to wish the players, staff and supporters the very best for the future.’
Gerrard’s record as Rangers manager after three and a half years – provided by SofaScore