By Wayne Veysey

2nd Mar, 2017 | 5:00pm

Insider delivers verdict on reported Rangers managerial target: He knows everything

By Matt Farr

Ex-Celtic midfielder Marc Crosas believes his former manager Pedro Caixinha is “very smart” and has an extensive knowledge of football..

Caixinha has emerged as one of the top candidates to become the next Rangers manager, after the club parted ways with Mark Warburton last month.

It is believed that the little known Portugese, 46, has already held talks with the Glasgow-based club over the vacancy, and that he made a massive impression on the Rangers hierarchy.

Crosas, who played under Caixinha at Santos Laguna in Mexico two years ago, believes that Rangers would be making a very good choice if they elected to appoint the Portuguese boss.

He told the Daily Record: “He knows everything. Not just football. The physical side, the mental side, other teams. He’s prepared. He works with his players to make them better.

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“In the year and a half that I was coached under Pedro, he never once played a defensive game. He always tries to get his sides to attack. No matter who the opposition is – his game is completely based on attacking.

“He played a pressing game and wanted his sides to try and take advantage of any mistakes made by the opposition. Pedro is a very smart coach.”

Caixinha is currently in charge of Qatari club Al-Gharafa, where he is reportedly on a £2million-per-year contract.

However, it is understood that he would be willing to take a pay cut in a bid to seal a move back to European management, and potentially take charge at Ibrox.

Rangers have been without a full-time manager since Warburton’s dismissal on February 10, with Under-20’s coach Graeme Murty taking temporary charge of first-team affairs.

Murty has masterminded just two wins from his four games in charge of the club, overseeing victories over Morton and St. Johnstone.

However, he also saw his side beaten by both Dundee and Inverness, leaving them six points adrift of second-placed Aberdeen.

In other Rangers news, fans have reacted on Twitter as Murty delivers his verdict on Rob Kiernan’s red card against St. Johnstone.

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