Former boss reveals how new Rangers man will fit into Caixinha regime
By Danny Wright
Former Finland international boss Mixu Paatelainen thinks that Jonatan Johansson will form a great relationship with Pedro Caixinha at Rangers.
Johansson was named as the new assistant coach at Ibrox on Sunday after a long search that was headed by the Portuguese manager himself.
A number of former Rangers players including Barry Ferguson, Alex Rae and Peter Lovenkrands were considered for the role but the ex-Motherwell and Morton coach was picked as the standout candidate.
Paatelainen and Johansson played alongside each other for the Finnish national team and the former Finnish boss also managed the ex-Gers striker in his time at Hibernian.
The 50-year-old hailed ‘JJ’ and offered his thoughts on how he will work with Caixinha.
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“Jonatan will be a great addition to the Rangers coaching team,” said Paatelainen to BBC Scotland.
“JJ is a guy who will be very easy to work with and whatever Pedro Caixinha asks him to do, he will do it. He will be a pleasure to work with.
“It’s a great move for JJ to improve and get experience of coaching at such a great club.
“Jonatan is a Rangers man through and through so he will really enjoy working for a club that is so close to his heart.”
Caixinha’s search for his No 3 had lasted almost a month before Johansson’s arrival was announced on Sunday.
The 41-year-old finished his playing career with 106 caps for Finland.
He played for the Light Blues between 1997 and 2000 and was a key part of the famous treble winning squad of 1998/99 when he scored 18 goals.
In total he scored 25 goals in 71 appearances for the Glasgow club before moving on to play for Charlton, Norwich, Malmo and Hibs.
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