By Danny Wright

9th Apr, 2017 | 9:55pm

Ibrox favourite gutted after failed talks for Rangers return

By Danny Wright

Peter Lovenkrands has confirmed that he was in talks with Rangers over becoming Pedro Caixinha’s new No 3.

In an official club statement on Sunday, Jonatan Johansson was named as the man to take the assistant coach role and Lovenkrands was quick to show his support to his fellow Scandinavian for getting the job.

Speaking on his personal Twitter account, Lovenkrands thanked the Light Blues for considering him for the role as assistant coach and also wished ‘JJ’ success in his new role at Ibrox.

The 37-year-old had the experience of Scottish football that Caixinha was looking for, but doesn’t possess the familiarity of coaching that Johansson has.

The ex-Rangers and Charlton striker had backroom roles at both Greenock Morton and Motherwell in Scotland before becoming the assistant manager of the Finnish international team.

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Lovenkrands moulded himself into a Ibrox favourite in his time at the club as he won Scottish Premiership twice, one Scottish Cup and three Scottish League Cups.

His playing career also saw him turn out for Newcastle and Birmingham before he retired in 2014.

Caixinha’s search for his No 3 had lasted almost a month and it also saw Barry Ferguson and Alex Rae reportedly considered for the role.

The hard work will now begin for Johansson as Rangers look to close down the mammoth gap between themselves and Old Firm rivals Celtic.

In other Rangers news, fans have reacted on Twitter to Johansson’s appointment.

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