Manager confirms Caixinha held talks with 63-time capped international
By Harvey Byrne
Hearts boss Ian Cathro has confirmed Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha held talks with midfielder Alexandros Tziolis after the two clubs met each other on Saturday.
Cathro’s confirmation follows a report from the Daily Record claiming that the Portuguese manager had spoke with the 32-year-old in an attempt to get him to transfer to Ibrox.
Caixinha has however since denied those claims and labelled any links between Rangers and the 63-time capped Greece international as “pure rubbish.”
PC: Our link to Alexandros Tziolis is pure rubbish.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) May 15, 2017
Now, manager Cathro has seemingly backed up Caixinha’s claims and while he confirmed that the Portuguese boss had met with Tziolis, he stated that he himself was also in the room while the two were chatting and that it was just a friendly catch-up.
“The story in itself would have been very awkward because I was in the room at the time,” said Cathro, as quoted by the Scotsman.
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“I was also drinking Portuguese wine with Pedro and Alex. So it would have been quite an awkward situation if that was true.
“I know they worked together before, it’s just a normal thing where you work around the world in different places you build and you leave friendships and it is always nice to catch up. That’s what they were doing and I got a glass of wine out of it as well. Was it a good glass of wine? I’ve had better Portuguese wine, you can let him know that.”
Caixinha and Tziolis previously worked together at Greek giants Panathinaikos where the Portuguese national was assistant manager between 2007 and 2008 while the midfield enforcer was one of the linchpins in the team.
It is just by chance that the two are now in Scotland together and while Caixinha will be looking to bolster his squad he may steer clear of the 32-year-old whose contract is set to expire at the end of this month.
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