Report: Deal all but done for one new Rangers arrival, announcement by Tuesday
By Alex Stevens
Former Rangers striker Jonatan Johansson will be appointed on Pedro Caixinha’s coaching staff, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim the Finn, 41, has beaten a number of Rangers icons to to clinch the No3 spot on the new manager’s backroom team.
It is said that Johansson will be announced by Rangers within the next 48 hours after Caixinha made his mind up to hand him the job.
The Scottish Sun report that Johansson, who spent three years at Rangers from 1997 to 2000, impressed the Portugese during a face-to-face interview last week.
He was reportedly the fifth former player to be interviewed by Caixinha for the coaching role following Alex Rae and Ibrox icons Barry Ferguson, Peter Lovenkrands and John Brown.
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Johansson’s knowledge of the club, his contacts outside of Scotland and experience in development coaching roles at Morton and Motherwell appear to have been decisive in Caixhina’s belief he should be the man alongside him in the technical area.
Johansson is also a veteran of the Premier League, spending six years at Charlton during their days as an established top-flight club.
He won 107 caps for Finland, scoring a creditable 22 goals, and is currently joint assistant manager with the national team.
He also had spells at Norwich, Hibernian and St Johnstone.
Since his playing days ended in 2011 he and wife Jean have based themselves in Scotland.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.