Rangers were left without a manager from earlier this week, after Steven Gerrard was announced as Dean Smith’s successor at Villa Park, following his exit from Rangers.

Villa brought the former Liverpool star from Rangers, months after he helped the Glasgow club win their first Scottish Premiership title in a decade.

Rangers are searching for Gerrard’s successor at Ibrox, and Giovanni van Bronckhorst has emerged as a candidate. His agent and others in the Netherlands had earlier indicated Rangers had not made contact with the 46-year-old, and that the Dutchman didn’t want to send messages to the media until that happened.

There seems to be a new development in this case, if a report from Algemeen Dagblad is to be believed. According to the report, the Scottish Premiership champions and Van Bronckhorst ‘hope for a quick agreement’.

It’s claimed Rangers are even hoping to appoint the Dutchman as Gerrard’s successor this weekend as he’s ‘eager’ to return to Ibrox, where he spent three years during his playing career, quickly.

Over at De Telegraaf, they explain Rangers have sent a delegation to hold discussions with Van Bronckhorst. They will hold talks with the manager this weekend and if it all goes well, things could progress ‘very quickly’.

Rangers face Hibernian in the Scottish League Cup semi-final next weekend and they want to appoint a new manager soon, so that he has enough time to prepare for the crucial tie.