By Alex Stevens
Pedro Caixinha’s contacts book will be key to Ranger’s summer transfer plans, according to chairman Dave King.
The Scottish giants are keen to appoint a director of football as part of a major overhaul of their recruitment operation following a series of botched signings last summer.
But the Mail and Scottish Sun reported that Huddersfield recruitment guru Stuart Webber and Ross Wilson, the Southampton head of recruitment and scouting, rejected approaches from Rangers to become the new director of football.
It means the Ibrox club have had to go back to drawing board to fill the newly created position, the person who will be in charge of transfers and contract negotiations.
King has insisted that the director of football role is a crucial one and Rangers hope to have someone appointed by the summer but admitted that the contacts book of newly appointed manager Caixinha will be heavily thumbed in the weeks ahead.
“I think it will be and I think he has got quite a wide network of contacts, but he also knows best the type of player that he wants to bring in,” said King to the official Rangers website.
“I would imagine as with any manager, you are going to find the initial impetus will through players where he’s already fairly comfortable.
“He probably got players in his mind already who he knows, maybe he’s worked with before, who he feels he’d like to bring in to the club.
“So when he gets to that point of assessing the squad I’d be very surprised if he didn’t use his existing network in terms of at least some of the contacts for the players coming in.”
Rangers chiefs have sanctioned a complete revamp of the club’s football activities following a wretched campaign in which they have failed to offer any challenge to bitter rivals Celtic.
The Light Blues are 33 points adrift of the runaway Scottish league leaders, who are closing in on a sixth consecutive title that is likely to be sealed immediately after the current international break.
Rangers are also eight points behind second-placed Aberdeen, who have been Celtic’s main challengers despite a playing budget that is far less than that at Ibrox.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.