GIOVANNI VAN BRONCKHORST will watch Sunday's semi-final showdown with Hibernian from the Hampden stands before starting at Ibrox 24 hours later.

The Dutchman was confirmed as Rangers' 17th manager on Thursday evening as the champions brought an end to their search for Steven Gerrard's replacement as boss.

Herald and Times Sport understands that former Holland hero Roy Makaay will join van Bronckhorst's coaching team as he is reunited with his countryman in Glasgow.

Performance analyst Yori Bosschaart and Arno Philips - a physiotherapist for the Netherlands national team - will also form part of van Bronckhorst's backroom staff.

But the new Light Blues team won't get down to business until after Rangers have learned their Premier Sports Cup fate at the National Stadium.

The Ibrox board confirmed earlier this week that B Team staff David McCallum and Brian Gilmour, striker Jermain Defoe and goalkeeper coach Colin Stewart had been placed in interim charge of first team affairs.

And the quartet will now face the biggest challenge of their coaching careers as Rangers prepare to face Hibernian and aim to set up a final meeting with Celtic or St Johnstone for the first silverware of the season.

Van Bronckhorst travelled to Glasgow late on Thursday evening and has elected to watch the Hampden clash from the stands rather than take to the dugout just a couple of days after his appointment as he gets his first in-person look at his new squad.

The 46-year-old and his staff will report for duty at Auchenhowie on Monday morning as Rangers begin a new era under the guidance of their former midfielder and a star for club and country throughout a glittering career.

Van Bronckhorst said: “I am absolutely delighted to be returning to Rangers as the club’s new manager.

“I feel so lucky to be going to work with a squad which is in a great position on all fronts and largely has that experience of being winners.

“I look forward to carrying on and enhancing the work that has been done already alongside Ross Wilson and the board of the club, and I’m grateful for the chance to work again at this huge football club.

"I cannot wait to meet the club’s incredible supporters again and begin this new era for us all."