Former Glasgow Rangers and Arsenal star moving into management


Giovanni van Bronckhorst played for Glasgow Rangers, Arsenal and Barcelona during a playing career that included over 105 caps for Holland.

A favourite among Glasgow Rangers fans during his three-year stay at Ibrox, Giovanni van Bronckhorst is set to take his first tentative steps into football management from next season.

It follows the official announcement that the former Arsenal and Barcelona full-back is set to become the manager of Feyenoord from the start of next season.

Signed by then-manager Dick Advocaat back in 1998, Van Bronckhorst played 117 games for Rangers over three seasons at the club, scoring 22 goals along the way.

During that time he helped the Gers capture back-to-back doubles of the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup as well as a League Cup during his debut season in Glasgow.

Sold on to Arsenal for £8.5 million in the summer of 2001, as reported by the Guardian, a cruciate knee ligament injury prevented the Dutchman from making more of an impact in north London.

Though he played 21 league games during the Gunners' Premier League title success of 2002, he ultimately opted to move to Barcelona where he linked up with compatriot Frank Rijkaard.

While in Spain he won two La Liga titles as well as the Champions League before finishing his career with Feyenoord.

His final game was the 2010 World Cup final, with the full-back captaining the Holland team beaten 1-0 by Spain after extra time.

Assistant manager for the Oranje at under-21 level and most recently second-in-command at Feyenoord, Van Bronckhorst will step into the top job in the summer.

Impress in Holland and who knows, a return to Rangers or perhaps even Arsenal could yet be on the cards.

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