By Alex McLeish

27th Nov, 2021 | 8:00pm

McLeish issues intriguing Van Bronkhorst claim after 'speaking' to Wouters about new Rangers manager

Alex McLeish has insisted Giovanni van Bronckhorst will have to forge his own path at Rangers instead of taking the advice of Steven Gerrard.

The former Gers boss, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the 46-year-old will have to show that he can bring his own successful brand of football to Ibrox.

In his first press conference at Rangers on Monday (November 22nd), Van Bronckhorst revealed that the departed Gerrard had congratulated him on taking the reins at the club.

The Dutchman went on to confirm he will hold talks with his predecessor “in the next weeks”.

When asked if it can help to receive advice from an outgoing boss, McLeish told Football Insider‘s Russell Edge: “It depends on the individual.

“Sometimes it can help to get that little bit of information – I don’t see that as a bad thing.

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“Some managers will come in and say they are going to focus on doing it their way, not bothering with the last manager or asking him: ‘What do I need to do with these guys?’

“But he’s got to find it out for himself and show that he can implement his philosophy in a good way at Rangers.

“I’ve spoken to Jan Wouters – he holds Giovanni in high regard and is excited to see how he takes on this new challenge.”

Wouters is a 70-times Holland international and former Dutch Footballer Of The Year who was Van Bronckhorst’s assistant at Feyenoord.

Rangers are four points clear of Old Firm rivals Celtic atop the Scottish Premiership.

The Gers face Livingston next up on Sunday.

In other news, McLeish reveals what he is hearing about Rangers training under Van Bronckhorst from Ibrox sources.