Named: The three Scots on Caixinha shortlist to be new Rangers coach - report
By Alex Stevens
Three Scots are in the running to be the club’s new first-team coach, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claim Rangers striker Kenny Miller, 37, Ibrox icon Barry Ferguson, 39, and Kilmarnock caretaker manager Lee McCulloch, 38, are the three men in the frame.
It is said new manager Pedro Caixinha will meet with the candidates and interview them ahead of making an appointment, which is expected to be next week.
The Scottish Sun reported on Thursday that Miller was the frontrunner to join the new management set-up, although Caixinha insisted at his subsequent media conference that the forward wanted to concentrate on playing next season.
The Scottish trio all have strong Rangers connections, enjoying lengthy spells at the club as well as strong rapports with supporters.
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Caixinha has made it clear he wants the first-team coach to be a bridge between his Portugese backroom team and the club, with vast knowledge of Scottish football as well as the inner workings of Ibrox.
It has been widely reported that Helder Baptista is expected to be confirmed as Caixinha’s No2, with Jose Belman poised to replace axed Jim Stewart as the goalkeeping coach.
Caixinha will now look to add a fourth member of the backroom staff who knows the the Scottish game inside out.
The Portugese, 46, could look to promote from within by taking advantage of Miller’s vast experience assembled in a career that began at Hibernian in 1998.
It would be a shock appointment as the striker remains a regular starter for Rangers and has demonstrated his significance to the team with nine goals from 36 matches this season.
But he is out of contract in the summer and the club could look to hand him a new deal that will keep him on the playing staff while also helping him make a first step into coaching.
Caixinha will take charge of his first match this weekend when Rangers host Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday at Ibrox.
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