Pedro Caixinha is keen to put his Ibrox nightmare behind him after becoming the new manager of Mexican side Cruz Azul, but name-checked Rangers in his first interview, labelling them a “big club”.
The 47-year-old will be officially unveiled as manager tomorrow, just 47 seven days after he was sacked by Rangers after only seven months in charge.
The former Gers boss is expected to expand on his time at Ibrox during tomorrow’s press conference, but he did have something to say about his old side.
“It’s another big club to manage after Rangers and it will take a lot of hard work to get them back to the top,” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“It’s 20 years since they won the title and they have had a lot of very good managers who have tried and failed.
“So it won’t be easy, but myself and my staff will give everything to try and do it.”
Caixinha has brought his backroom team from Rangers of Helder Baptista, Pedro Malta and Jose Belman with him to Mexico, where he previously enjoyed a successful spell as manager of Santos Laguna.
Meanwhile, Gers are still searching for a new boss after Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes turned down the chance to succeed Caixinha at Ibrox.
Under-20 coach Graeme Murty is currently in caretaker charge and has won five of his seven games as interim boss – including back-to-back victories over McInnes’ Aberdeen.
Rangers are currently second in the Scottish Premiership table, level on points with third-placed Aberdeen and five points behind leaders Celtic.
The Ibrox side face a trip to Hibernian in their next Scottish Premiership game on Wednesday evening, as the club’s search for a Caixinha’s successor continues.