Caixinha lines up first four Rangers signings, deals all but done for trio - reports
By Alex Stevens
Pedro Caixinha is keen to make an early mark at Rangers by bringing an international defender and three members of his coaching staff from the Middle East to the club, according to reports.
The Scottish Sun claim the incoming Ibrox manager has agreed terms for three trusted and key coaches to come with him from Qatari club Al-Gharafa to Glasgow.
It is said that the little-known Portugese is ready to bring his long-term assistant coach Helder Baptista, fitness coach Pedro Malta and goalkeeping coach Jose Belman to Rangers.
The Scottish Sun report that all three are set to follow the imminent new manager to Ibrox as they aim to transform the team’s fortunes.
The Daily Record, citing Qatari media, claim Caixinha is also keen to return to his former club Al-Ghafara and make a move to sign Ghana international Rashid Sumaila.
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It is said that the 24-year-old, who is, coincidentally, the godson of the little known Portugese coach, has been described as his “trusted centre-back”.
Sumaila has won six caps for his country and has been a mainstay of the Caixinha’s Al-Gharafa team since he joined on loan from Kuwaiti side Al-Qadisiya last year.
The loan expires in the summer, when he is also out of contract at Al-Qadisiya, which could give Rangers hope in aiming to prise the player from the Middle East and take him to Scotland.
Sumaila is said to have been a key player in lifting the Qatari side from bottom of the Stars League to fifth place.
Caixinha is now expected in Glasgow this weekend to iron out the final details of the deal to become the new Rangers manager.
Caixinha is not expected to be in the dugout for Sunday’s clash with Celtic, as caretaker manager Graeme Murty prepares to remain at the helm for a sixth match while the new man watches from the stands.
Rangers have turned their attention to Caixinha in a bid to narrow the gap on Celtic, who are 33 points clear of their bitter rivals this season as they close in on a sixth consecutive title.
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