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Giovanni van Bronckhorst, the main candidate to replace Steven Gerrard at Rangers

Giovanni van Bronckhorst leads the race to replace Steven Gerrard as Rangers coach.

Gerrard asked Ibrox fans for understanding on Thursday after completing his move to Aston Villa, where he has signed a contract until the summer of 2024.

Rangers Athletic Director Ross Wilson will spearhead the process of filling the vacancy left at the end of Gerrard’s three-and-a-half-year tenure, with Van Bronckhorst as a prominent name on the shortlist being compiled.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the main candidate to replace Steven Gerrard

Van Bronckhorst has been successful as a coach and was last in Guangzou in China (pictured)

Van Bronckhorst has been successful as a coach and was last in Guangzou in China (pictured)

Giovanni van Bronckhorst is the main candidate to replace Steven Gerrard

Gerrard left Ibrox for Aston Villa after a three and a half year stay in Glasgow

Gerrard left Ibrox for Aston Villa after a three and a half year stay in Glasgow

Gerrard left Ibrox for Aston Villa after a three and a half year stay in Glasgow

An Ibrox player between 1998 and 2001, the former Dutch midfielder is keen to take over as he seeks a new challenge. A spell with the Chinese club Guangzhou was interrupted last year due to family reasons.

The Rangers are expected to speak with several candidates as they look to move as quickly as possible in the coming days.

Van Bronckhorst’s credentials to win the title with Feyenoord have obvious appeal, as does his knowledge of the club and his popularity with fans. The 46-year-old manager previously described the prospect of managing the Rangers as a “great honor” and is now ready to enter negotiations.

Several other high-profile figures would be open to talks about Gerrard’s successor, including Rino Gattuso and John Terry. Frank Lampard could also enter the equation if his ongoing discussions with Norwich City don’t end with success. Derek McInnes and former Granada coach Diego Martinez are among other names linked.

Gerrard leaves Rangers after winning his 55th Scottish league title, ending Celtic's streak

Gerrard leaves Rangers after winning his 55th Scottish league title, ending Celtic's streak

Gerrard leaves Rangers after winning his 55th Scottish league title, ending Celtic’s streak

On Thursday, SkyBet even suspended betting that Van Bronckhorst would be the next Gers boss.

On Thursday, SkyBet even suspended betting that Van Bronckhorst would be the next Gers boss.

On Thursday, SkyBet even suspended betting that Van Bronckhorst would be the next Gers boss.

Gerrard’s departure was confirmed at 10 am on Thursday through statements from Rangers and Villa. Two hours later, the 41-year-old former England captain posted a personal message to fans who were stunned by his decision to head south mid-season.

Writing on his Instagram account, Gerrard reflected on the triumph of the title of the last legislature and said: ‘I want to thank all those associated with the Glasgow Rangers, especially the fans, for the love and support that they have given me. shown during my time. in Scotland.

‘Winning’ 55 ‘will always hold a special place in my heart, each and every one of you played a role in that and believe me, there will be many more to come.

I hope that in time you can understand and accept my decision to move on, but I sincerely fell in love with the club and will always follow the team. Once a Ranger, always a Ranger.

Rangers face a League Cup semi-final against Hibernian one week on Sunday, with a vital Europa League match against Sparta Prague four days later.

With the backroom team Gary McAllister, Michael Beale, Tom Culshaw and Jordan Milsom all heading to Villa with Gerrard, the Ibrox team faces massive upheaval at a critical time in their campaign.

Despite the challenge now in front of the club’s board, Rangers president Douglas Park expressed his sincere gratitude to Gerrard for his work since the summer of 2018.

“He has given us all some unforgettable moments, including his handover of the Scottish Premiership title back to Ibrox last season as he did not lose a match in the entire league campaign,” said Park.

Gary McAllister (right) and the rest of Gerrard's back room team follow him to Villa Park.

Gary McAllister (right) and the rest of Gerrard's back room team follow him to Villa Park.

Gary McAllister (right) and the rest of Gerrard’s back room team follow him to Villa Park.

“In European competition, he has regained our club’s good name and credibility on the continent and leaves us in a very healthy position on the pitch.”

Former football manager Mark Allen led the bid for Gerrard’s hiring, but left the club in 2019. He was succeeded by Wilson, who praised Gerrard’s’ dedication and professionalism ‘in transforming the Rangers’ fortunes.

“Steven and his backroom staff have ensured that the club is without a doubt in a better place today than it was three and a half years ago,” said Wilson.

“I joined Steven on that journey just over two years ago and from the first day we met, I have enjoyed every aspect of our partnership.

“We share a desire to move Rangers forward, modernize our infrastructure and get the club to win again.

John Terry, pictured during his coaching stint at Villa earlier this year, is another candidate.

John Terry, pictured during his coaching stint at Villa earlier this year, is another candidate.

John Terry, pictured during his coaching stint at Villa earlier this year, is another candidate.

‘There have been so many areas in which we have made progress, and there is still a lot to do, but I cannot emphasize how important it has been to have with us a coach from the first team who shared the drive and desire to set standards and move everything forward. the soccer operation ”.

Rangers players had been told to expect an announcement yesterday morning. Later that day, Captain James Tavernier posted a message on social media.

“I would like to thank the coach, Gary McAllister, Michael Beale, Tom Culshaw, Jordon Milsom and (analyst) Scott Mason for all they have done for me personally, for my family, my team and our club,” he said.

“We accomplished a lot together. We as a team have grown. We demand more from each other, but the most important thing is that we have become better players and better people.

Gerrard's new salary at Villa is reportedly around £ 5 million, an increase on his salary at the Rangers.

Gerrard's new salary at Villa is reportedly around £ 5 million, an increase on his salary at the Rangers.

Gerrard’s new salary at Villa is reportedly around £ 5 million, an increase on his salary at the Rangers.

‘The club is in a better place. I do not have any doubt about that. Precious moments will be forever special. Taking home 55.

“Now, as a team, we will be fully focused on the next chapter that is to come.”

Gerrard’s new salary is reportedly hovering around £ 5 million and he can expect significant endorsement from Villa’s billionaire owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens in the January transfer window.

“In my conversations with Nassef, Wes and the rest of the board, it was evident how ambitious their plans are for the club and I am looking forward to helping them achieve their goals,” said Gerrard.

“Aston Villa is a club with a rich history and tradition in English football and I am immensely proud to become their new head coach.

“I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone associated with Glasgow Rangers for giving me the opportunity to lead such an iconic football club.”

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