By Danny Wright
Pedro Caixinha invited Hearts midfielder Alexandros Tziolis to join Rangers when his contract expires, according to a report.
The Daily Record claims that the Portuguese manager spoke with the 32-year-old after he had played in the game on Saturday, which Rangers won 2-1.
Tziolis is out of contract at the end of May and has worked with Caixinha before – when the Gers boss was the assistant manager at Panathinaikos.
It is understood that the 63-times Greece international will be available for free after only signing for Hearts on a six-month deal in January.
The defensive midfielder would be an ideal replacement for Jon Toral, who according to the Scottish Sun, has had his loan deal at Ibrox ended early following an indifferent stint in Glasgow.
Tziolis made his Scottish football debut in the 4-1 thrashing of Rangers at Tynecastle in early February.
He has since made 16 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal which came in a 3-0 win at Motherwell on his full debut.
The Jambos’ enforcer has played for a large number of clubs in his career including Werder Bremen, Racing Santander, Monaco and PAOK.
He was a part of the Bremen team which reached the UEFA Cup final in 2008 that lost to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Football Insider Verdict
Caixinha’s priority this summer has to be to sort out his defence because a number of players are expected to leave the club at the end of the season and the ones that will be sticking around simply aren’t good enough. Tziolis has bags of experience under his belt and is a really strong defensive midfield force. He can provide good protection to the back line and his previous relationship with Caixinha can only be good for all parties concerned. The Light Blues will barely have any money to spend in the summer so signing players like Tziolis on a free is definitely a good way to get started.
In other Rangers news, Mark Warburton is planning on a reunion with Ibrox’s creative spark.