By Wayne Veysey

4th Mar, 2017 | 8:03pm

Rangers manager twist: Club expect to appoint new man by Monday - report

By Harry Sykes

Rangers wanted to appoint Pedro Caixinha as their new manager by Monday night but could be forced to turn to alternative candidates, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim the Ibrox giants had expected that the Portugese would arrive in Glasgow within the next 48 hours.

However, it is said that there is now less clarity about the club’s bid to land Caixinha as the successor to Mark Warburton.

The Scottish Sun report that ex-Birmingham manager Gary Rowett and Derek McInnes remain on the radar if a deal with Caixinha cannot be concluded.

There are rumours that the little known Portugese is keen to be in the dugout for next weekend’s showdown against Celtic but he has yet to sign a Rangers contract.

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This means that the Ibrox manager search remains fluid even though Caixinha is keen to return to Europe from the Middle East.

The little known Portugese is currently at the helm at Qatari side Al-Gharafa, where he is said to earn a £1.5million-a-year tax-free salary.

There is said to be a confidence in the Rangers boardroom that they can push through a deal for the man who has emerged as their main managerial target.

The Light Blues thrashed Hamilton 6-0 in the Scottish Cup on Saturday afternoon but are 33 points adrift of the runaway Scottish league leaders Celtic, who are closing in on a sixth consecutive title.

Second-placed Aberdeen are also six points clear of Rangers, who got their league campaign back on track with a 3-2 triumph against St Johnstone at Ibrox on Wednesday night.

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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