By Wayne Veysey

7th Apr, 2017 | 11:42am

He is the absolute antithesis of Warburton - president shares what Rangers will get from Caixinha

By Alex Stevens

Santos Laguna president Alejandro Irarragorri has claimed that that Pedro Caixinha’s toughness and will to win is set to transform the fortunes of Rangers.

Irarragorri is convinced that the newly-appointed Ibrox manager has the qualities to stamp his style on the club and lift them back to winning ways.

Rangers have had a disappointing season on their return to the top flight, which has been totally dominated by newly-crowned champions Celtic.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are not only a monumental 35 points ahead of third-placed Rangers, but Aberdeen have also built up a 12-point advantage.

But Irarragorri, whose decision to appoint Caixinha in 2013 at Mexican club Santos Laguna was met with opposition from fans and senior officials, has no doubts about the new man at the Ibrox helm.

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He also explained how the 46-year-old Portugese is the antithesis of former Rangers manager Mark Warburton, who is now at Nottingham Forest.

“He is a man with strong convictions, determination, passion and will,” Irarragorri told the Scottish Sun of Caixinha. “You tell me the Rangers chairman criticised the previous manager [Warburton] for being thin-skinned — well, I’d say Pedro has one of the hardest skins of anyone I know.

“He is as tough as a rock. Pedro is a man with a lot of character and won’t be afraid to make tough or drastic decisions.

“He’ll always defend his football ideology and his methods of work.

“Sometimes his decisions would be unpopular with fans he will never back down and he will never show any weakness.

“But he always had a strong connection with our supporters and I am sure that will be true at Rangers as well.”

At Santos Laguna, Caixinha steered the club to a stunning treble in his second season, including only the fifth championship in the club’s history.

Rangers have lost ground in the race to finish second in the league over the last week, during which Aberdeen have secured two consecutive Aberdeen victories.

Caixinha’s third-placed side have drawn twice in a row, accumulating five points out of a possible nine from the manager’s three matches at the helm.

In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.

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