Caixinha hand Rangers board 12-player transfer shopping list, three bids already tabled - report
By Danny Wright
Pedro Caixinha has handed a 12-player transfer shortlist to the Rangers board as he steps up plans to overhaul the playing squad, according to a report.
The Daily Record claims that the Ibrox boss has already tabled up to three bids for players ahead of a summer revolution which has been sparked by back-to-back defeats to bitter rivals Celtic in the space of a week.
Caixinha is understood to want to add enforcers to both his defence and midfield after witnessing his side get humiliated in a 5-1 loss at home to the Bhoys on Saturday.
The Portuguese boss is expected to be looking at signing a host of players from around the world, but at this stage his shopping list reportedly contains players from Scotland, England and Europe.
“We need to make a lot of changes. We are very keen to reduce the difference. It is totally evident but it is possible to bridge the gap and everyone is working hard towards it,” said Caixinha boss, as quoted by the Daily Record.
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“We need to do it and we need to be humble too. You need to recognise the size of the gap but I do believe we can reduce it.”
Caixinha has already sanctioned a new deal for Kenny Miller after his form has improved in recent weeks.
The striker’s contract at Ibrox will expire at the end of the campaign if an agreement isn’t reached.
Rangers can ensure their qualification for the Europa League next season by earning just one more point in their last four games, and that will no doubt help Caixinha in luring players to Ibrox.
Partick, Hearts, Aberdeen and St. Johnstone await the Light Blues in their remaining fixtures.
Football Insider Verdict
Rangers really need to get this summer transfer window right, because teams always run the threat of going backwards when they undergo complete overhauls. However Caixinha understands that the risk is well worth taking as his current crop of players are simply nowhere near good enough to even come close to Celtic. Restoring Rangers’ former glory isn’t going to be an easy task and it could take seasons before it gets done. But either way, the Ibrox faithful must hope that their Portuguese leader can bring in some big names in the transfer window and make a drastic improvement on his squad.
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