By Wayne Veysey

9th Mar, 2017 | 5:18pm

Al-Gharafa aim parting dig at Caixinha as he heads to Rangers

By Alex Stevens

Al-Gharafa have delivered a dig at Pedro Caixinha after confirming he had been given permission to quit for Rangers.

The Qatar Stars League club announced on their official Twitter account on Thursday afternoon that they had reached an agreement with Rangers for the little known Portugese to “transfer” and become their new manager.

Rangers had been waiting for Al-Gharafa President Sheikh Jassim Bin Thamer Al Thani to give the green light to the move.

It has been reported that Caixinha, 46, had been on standby in the Middle East waiting for the blessing of the club chief to fly to Glasgow and iron out the final details of the deal to take over at Ibrox.

The Qatari club revealed terms have been struck but made the public point of stressing that they had little appetite to renew the contract of the Portugese, which was due to expire in May.

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“Al-Gharafa reach an agreement with Rangers FC for the transfer of Head Coach Pedro Caixinha,” read a statement from the club, as quoted on their official Twitter account.

“Approval was in the interests of the club financially, especially when the coach’s contract expires in 45 days. The coach’s desire to exploit the opportunity to move to Rangers was stronger than our desire to continue.”

Caixinha is likely to be appointed ahead of Sunday’s derby with Celtic although it is expected that caretaker manager Graeme Murty will remain in charge for the match with the new manager watching proceedings from the stands.

Rangers have set their sights on Caixinha as they overhaul their management structure in the wake of a wretched campaign that has left them 33 points adrift of the runaway Scottish league leaders Celtic, who are closing in on a sixth consecutive title.

Mark Warburton, David Weir and Frank McParland left the club in acrimonious circumstances a month ago, and the board are aiming to recruit a director of football to work with Caixinha on recruitment.

Rangers Under-20s coach Murty has overseen the club’s last five matches, which have yielded three wins and two defeats.

In other Rangers news, this is the huge sum lost by Mark Warburton after his behind-the-scenes manoeuvrings horribly backfired.

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