Why the Rangers chose Dave Vos as their new assistant manager

Joe Aribo jumps on Alfredo Morelos as they celebrate Rangers’ second goal in the 2-0 win over Sparta Prague. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

But such is Dave Vos’ nascent reputation in Dutch football, it only took a few conversations with the 38-year-old to convince Giovanni van Bronckhorst that he wanted him to become his deputy manager at Rangers.

Vos was confirmed as van Bronckhorst’s number two in the new backroom setup which had previously seen him bring in first team coach Roy Makaay, strength and conditioning coach Arno Philips and analyst Yori Bosschaart in Ibrox with him.

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While this trio had all been with van Bronckhorst at Feyenoord before, they only knew Vos by the reputation they had built up during their work with the youth teams of both KNVB (Dutch FA) and of Ajax.

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst gives instructions to Nathan Patterson ahead of his substitute appearance against Sparta Prague in Ibrox on Thursday. (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

“I’ve spoken with Dave a few times this year looking for new potential assistants,” van Bronckhorst revealed.

“I have heard very good things about him in the training of Ajax youth, also with the royal association (Dutch F).

“I wanted to talk to him and see how he thinks about football and how he develops his players. He is a very young coach, very talented.

“I saw him as a good assistant for me because I think he will help me develop the team, help the players also individually. I am really happy that he is joining me at this club.

Vos will have a key role as van Bronckhorst looks to build on the progress made at Rangers by his predecessor Steven Gerrard.

Thursday night’s 2-0 win over Sparta Prague at Ibrox, who won a place in the Europa League knockout stage, gave the 46-year-old a perfect start after a frenetic few days after his official appointment Monday.

“It has been very eventful,” said van Bronckhorst. “Of course, arriving last week it was a pretty busy schedule with all the things we had to do, work permits, contracts, staff.

“Also, with the team’s preparation for Prague, we only had two days, but they were long days. This is normal when you have a busy schedule. It’s even busier when you change countries and surroundings, but everyone at the club was very helpful in making sure we were comfortable.

“So I hope to have a normal week ahead. Once settled in it will be much easier and we can focus on preparing the team for the matches.

These games are dense and fast, starting with Livingston on Sunday when the Rangers are once again without injured duo Leon Balogun and Kemar Roofe.

“It’s very important (we keep our momentum),” added van Bronckhorst. “It will give us confidence for the next matches. Today, everything was focused on recovery, we trained a little more with the players who were not playing or not playing as much. So tomorrow we’re focusing on Livingston.

“The Prague game is over and now we need the same preparation for the next game. I am a coach and I was a player who always competed at the highest level and a victory was always normal. You have to win matches, you have to win prizes – that’s the goal you have as a player but also for me as a manager.

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