Jonatan Johansson delivers verdict on Rangers players, fans may disagree
By Harvey Byrne
Rangers appointed former striker Jonatan Johansson as their assistant manager on Sunday and the former Finland international now believes he is working with “top-class” players.
The 41-year-old has been prised away from working as assistant coach for the Finnish national team after also working at Greenock Morton and Motherwell.
Gers manager Pedro Caixinha has decided to bring Johansson in due to his knowledge of Scotland and more importantly the Ibrox giants.
However, sections of the club’s fan base may disagree with the assistant’s claims that he is now working with top players with many supporters critical of the club’s playing staff as they sit in third place in the Premiership table.
“The Finland work and setup was great for me,” told Johansson, as quoted by STV.
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“I was so proud to work for my country and leaving it is a little bit sad for me but this was an opportunity and a chance that I couldn’t turn down.
“Working every day on the pitch with top-class players, it’s a dream for every coach and that’s no different for me.
“With the national team the difficult thing for the coach is the spaces between the games when you can’t do any on-field work and you have to wait to start again so it was always in my plans to return to a club.
“I coached with youth players at Motherwell and with Finland then stepped up to the first team with Finland to coach professionals so I felt I was ready to take the next step, getting into a big club with massive pressure again.
“Working with top-class players but also with the manager and coaches and fitness team so I think this was a natural step for me and the fact it’s Rangers is a massive bonus.”
Rangers have largely been successful as they sit in third place in their first season back in the Premiership since suffering demotion in 2012.
However, due to the history of the club many are keen to see the Gers competing once more with fierce rivals Celtic and with there currently being a 35-point gap between the two sides fans will continue to be disappointed.
But, many will be holding hopes of March appointment Caixinha being able to close the current gap as he closes in on his first summer and transfer window with the club.
In other Rangers news, here are three players the Gers should sign to replace Michael O’Halloran.