Rangers overhaul underway: Caixinha to hold transfer talks on Monday
By Harry Sykes
Pedro Caixinha has revealed to the official Rangers website he will start his overhaul of the playing squad next week.
The Ibrox manager will tell the players in transfer discussions starting next Monday whether he wants them to stay or find a new club.
The Portugese has studied his squad in depth since being appointed in March and has promised to be completely up front with the squad members about how he views them.
However, Caixinha has urged those who are set for the exit door not to down tools until their final day at the Scottish giants.
Speaking to Rangers TV, Caixinha said: “We have been assessing for a long time and because I am someone who leads by example, I want all our players to know that I will shake his hand and say ‘thank you, but our time ends here,’, or I will say ‘let’s keep going’.
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“I will start those conversations maybe at the beginning of next week.
“As I always say though, we work until the last day and treat it like it’s the first one.
“We are professionals. Even for example, when I am about to end a contract my job is to do my very best until the end.
“You are still defending the badge and you still have a contract with the club.”
Caixinha has also drawn up a list of transfer targets after watching his side be demolished 5-1 by Celtic last Saturday, their second Old Firm defeat in consecutive weekend.
The manager is keen to avoid a repeat of the transfer blunders of last summer, when former manager Mark Warburton and his recruitment chief Frank McParland oversaw a wretched recruitment strategy that has backfired horribly.
“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,” Caixinha added to Rangers TV.
“To play on a regular basis for Rangers I don’t need a player who is a 10 one time in a season, and in two other games he is a seven and in the rest of the games he is a three or a four.
“I want a guy that I can count on to be between a seven and a nine, but at least the minimum he is going to give to me is a seven.”
In other Rangers transfer news, Caixinha has made emphatic decisions on four players ahead of the summer window.