Rangers

COMMENT By Matt Bullin

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha will minimise risk this summer by signing players he has worked with before or has seen on a regular basis.

Speaking to Rangers TV, Caixinha claimed that is set to begin letting his players know whether or not they have a future at the club next week.

Caixinha is expected to cull several members of the senior squad after they have failed to impress and as he looks to build for next season’s European campaign.

The writing is surely on the wall for quartet Philippe Senderos, Jordan Rossiter, Michael O’Halloran and Matt Crooks, who are all expected to leave this summer after injury issues and loss of form have meant they have failed to make an impact at Ibrox.

Meanwhile a host of loanees will return to their parent clubs too, meaning Rangers will be without the likes of Jon Toral and Emerson Hyndman next campaign.

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This leaves a fair old hole in the Gers squad, but Caixinha seems to be calm about the exodus and has claimed he will only sign ‘sure things’.

Speaking in an interview on RangersTV, he said: “We have our list of targets. We are working on that and we are in the market.

“We want to reduce the risks so what I am going to look for are players that I know, either from having worked with them before or because I have watched them playing on a regular basis.

“The club is willing to invest and we know where we can go with that sort of investment.”
This careful approach is wise as it means he will not make the same mistakes as Mark Warbuton and Frank McParland did with their dismal recruitment last summer.

Players the Gers have been rumoured to be interested in include Graham Dorrans, Steven Naismith, Sebastien Bassong, Kyle Lafferty and even Youssouf Mulumbu – the latter three of which will be free agents this summer.

Naismith and Lafferty will be the ones that Gers fans want – two former players who still have the quality to do big things at Ibrox.

However Bassong and Mulumbu could also be astute signings, as they would fill problem areas for Caixinha and bring some steel to his side.

It is difficult to see where the players Caixinha has previously managed will come from given that his previous job was at Qatari side Al-Gharafa.

If he does look to his country of birth, where he has managed before, Gers fans will hope he can unearth some hidden Portuguese gems.

In other Rangers news, this player posted an amusing message after being booked for pulling down an opponent’s shorts.

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