If there’s one thing which gives new Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst a huge advantage in the world of football compared with other coaches, it’s the fact he’s a rare breed:
Gio is deeply experienced, from his playing days, in both midfield and defence.
That gives Rangers a huge advantage because we now have a manager who knows exactly how midfield and defend should work, and can properly coach both aspects fully with a deeper understanding than someone, for example, who might have only played in midfield.
There’s no denying a huge criticism of his predecessor was his obsession with midfield to the potential sacrifice of other areas, particularly at the back, but with GVB we have a coach who has excellent experience of almost every area of the pitch, bar attack.
And let’s be honest, he was an attacking midfielder most of the time at Ibrox so he has a tonne of experience of the spearhead too.
But there’s more. By bringing in legendary Dutch striker Roy Makaay, GVB also has top-class experienced coaching to lead in that area, and of course we still have Jermain Defoe whose knowledge will hardly hurt either.
So, the backroom staff under van Bronckhorst looks a lot more rounded, and his own experience from his playing days and his previous management gigs really do stand him in excellent stead for doing a great job with Rangers.
No one-trick pony is Gio.