Rangers

By Matt Farr

Alan Stubbs believes reported Rangers managerial target Pedro Caixinha would relish the opportunity to face Celtic in his first game in charge at Ibrox.

Caixinha, 46, has recently emerged as the frontrunner to become the new long-term manager at the Scottish club, following the dismissal of Mark Warburton last month.

Scottish news outlet STV have claimed that Rangers are now awaiting approval from their PLC board before offering him the vacant managerial position at Ibrox, and that he is keen to take charge before the Old Firm clash with Celtic next week.

Speaking to the Daily Record, former Celtic defender Stubbs insisted that the Portuguese would not be fazed by the importance of the fixture, and backed him to succeed at Ibrox.

He said: “If Pedro is appointed the new manager of Rangers then he would not be fazed by a match against Celtic in his first game.

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“He is such a calm, calculated individual. He would rise to that challenge. I’m not saying he would get a result.

“He would bring a calmness to that Rangers dressing room and the players would know in no uncertain terms what is expected of them and how he would want them to play.”

After Caixinha jumped to the top of the Rangers wishlist, it is believed that the Scottish club are now awaiting approval from their PLC board before offering him the vacant managerial position at Ibrox.

Caixinha is currently in charge of Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa Sports Club, having previously managed Mexico’s Santos Laguna, and Nacional of Portugal.

Rangers under 20’s coach Graeme Murty remains in charge of first-team affairs in the continued hunt for Warburton’s successor, and he led the club to a sensational 6-0 victory over Hamilton on Saturday, in what could be his final game in charge.

In other Rangers news, Willie Miller believes Joe Garner was very lucky against Hamilton.

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