Caixinha to hold Rangers transfer talks next week - report
By Alex Stevens
Pedro Caixinha is set for his first face-to-face meeting with Rangers chairman Dave King next week, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the newly appointed manager will meet with King to discuss transfers and plans for next season.
It is said one point of discussion will be Caixinha’s potential transfer budget as the club aim to strengthen a squad that has struggled to keep pace this season.
Rangers restored some pride with a 1-1 draw at Celtic on Sunday but are a mammoth 33 points adrift of their bitter rivals in the Scottish Premiership.
Brendan Rodgers’ side are easing to their sixth consecutive title to show how far Rangers have slipped behind their Glasgow neighbours.
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Little known Portugese Caixinha has not yet met with Ibrox chairman King after the club’s managing director Stewart Robertson led a three-man committee in making the appointment.
The Scottish Sun report that King is scheduled to fly in to Glasgow from his home in South Africa, although his arrival will come after Caixinha’s first game in charge, when Rangers play Hamilton this weekend.
Robertson insisted at Caixinha’s unveiling on Monday that there is money available for the new man to strengthen the squad.
“We know that we’re going to have to invest in the team to strengthen the squad and take it forward,” Robertson said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“So all of these things are there. We need that. Without that, we won’t take the club forward. That investment is going to be a key part of assisting Pedro to take the club forward.”
Caixinha has signed a three-year contract that will run until the summer of 2020 after agreeing to quit Qatari side Al-Gharafa.
Rangers kept Celtic from winning for only the second time in 28 league fixtures of a remarkable campaign but they are still eight points adrift of second-placed Aberdeen and with major improvement needed to secure the runners-up spot.
In other Rangers transfer news, Caixinha has lined up his first four signings, with deals done for three of them.