By James Black
Former Rangers star Gio van Bronckhorst became surprise second favourite to take over from Pedro Caixinha as manager on Wednesday – and Gers fans on Twitter lost their minds.
The 107-times capped Dutch icon spent three years at Ibrox – scoring 22 times in 117 appearances – and lifted two Scottish titles, two Scottish Cups and a Scottish League Cup before heading south to join Arsenal in an £8.5million deal.
Van Bronckhorst led Feyenoord to their first title in 18 years last season and is enjoying a rapidly-growing reputation as a manager.
Despite a poor start to this campaign, the former Barcelona star is still highly-regarded as a manager.
Rangers fans are delighted by the prospect of van Bronckhorst taking over – with most preferring him over favourite Derek McInnes.
Here are some of their comments on Twitter:
Some want McInnes
Some want Murty
Some want Big Sam
But it's GVB for Me!
— The Rangers Family ???? (@OneFamily_RFC) November 7, 2017
Giovanni van Bronckhorst for the Rangers Job, bring him home ????????????????????????
— Jamie Errington (@Errington1995) November 8, 2017
van bronckhorst with numan beside him doesny half get ye gone ????????????
— stevenhill (@stevenhill_) November 8, 2017
ANNOUNCE GIOVANNI VAN BRONCKHORST!!!!!!!
— Rangers FC (@Rangers_FC__) November 8, 2017
I was all up for McInnes, but Van Bronckhorst would be amazing…
— Dylan Hay (@dylan_hay1) November 8, 2017
Van Bronckhorst ????⚪️???? pic.twitter.com/Zx8lJFmS8c
— Stewart Dunsmore (@stewartdunsmore) November 8, 2017
I've changed my mind.
Van Bronckhorst@RangersFC https://t.co/m2kRYDUoPI
— Stu (@StuartBarlass) November 8, 2017
They daft bookies got me dreaming of Van Bronckhorst noo ????
— Jordan Skilling✌ (@Bigzeb88) November 8, 2017
Before taking over as manager at Feyenoord, van Bronckhorst spent four years as assistant manager to, first, Ronald Koeman and Fred Rutten.
Graeme Murty has been in temporary charge of the Gers since Caixinha’s dismissal and has led the Gers to two wins from two.
The Light Blues return to action after the international break on November 18th when they play Hamilton.
In other Rangers team news, Graeme Murty has praised Kenny Miller