Done deal: Terms agreed for new Rangers arrival
By Danny Wright
Rangers have confirmed that Jonatan Johansson has become Pedro Caixinha’s new assistant coach.
It draws to an end a tiresome search for a new No 3 since Caixinha was named as the Gers manager last month.
In a statement on the official Rangers website, it was highlighted that Johansson’s knowledge of Scottish football was a key factor in the deal.
A number of names had been linked to the role with former players Peter Lovenkrands, Barry Ferguson and Alex Rae all tipped to rejoin the club.
Johansson developed himself into an Ibrox favourite during his time in Glasgow when he scored 25 goals in 71 appearances.
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He hit 18 of his goals during the famous treble-winning season of 1998/99.
The 41-year-old was working in his homeland as the assistant manager of the Finland national team – the statement doesn’t make it clear if he is leaving that role.
Johansson earned 106 caps for Finland and also played for the likes of Charlton, Norwich, Malmo, Hibernian and St. Johnstone before he called time on his career in 2011.
His coaching career saw him work for the development sides of both Greenock Morton and Motherwell.
Rangers are currently third in the Scottish Premiership and recently secured a 3-0 win against Aberdeen to keep their hopes of finishing in second place alive.
Football Insider Verdict
After a very long search, Caixinha has finally got his man. He was always after someone who’s got experience of Scottish football and Johansson has that in abundance thanks to his playing days at Ibrox, as well as his coaching spells at both Motherwell and Morton. There’s not a lot that Rangers can do this season but this summer is going to be huge for the club. It’s doubtful that the Light Blues supporters will see the influence that Johansson has on the playing squad, but he has a lot of work to do to help the current crop of players reach the lofty expectations that Caixinha clearly has.
In other Rangers news, Wes Foderingham has posted a Twitter message after the win at Pittodrie.