Fans react on Twitter to speculation big-name Rangers arrival is imminent
By Alex Stevens
Rangers fans are ready to welcome former striker Jonatan Johansson to the club amid reports he will be appointed on Pedro Caixinha’s coaching staff in the coming days.
The Scottish Sun claim the Finn, 41, has beaten a number of Rangers icons to to clinch the No3 spot on the Caixinha’s backroom team.
It is said that the new manager has made up his mind to give the job to Johansson and he will be announced by Rangers within the next 48 hours.
Supporters believe that Johansson, who has had development coaching roles at Motherwell and Morton and is also the assistant manager for the Finland national team, would be a sensible appointment.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
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No issue with JJ getting #3 role. Knows football. Knows Scotland. Knows Rangers. Always talks really well too ????
— Kirsten (@Kirsten93_) April 9, 2017
Looks like Alex Rae, Barry Ferguson, Nacho Novo et al have been dumped by Rangers in favour of Johansson for the number three role.
— Andy Muirhead (@andymuirhd) April 9, 2017
So looks like Johansson has got the Rangers number 3 role, good experience at Finland and speaks a good game on Rangers tv.
— Lee Gordon (@LeeG3223) April 9, 2017
Rangers are set to announce that former striker Jonatan Johansson is to join Pedro Caixinha’s backroom team. pic.twitter.com/cb0B8CVbyZ
— Rangers Culture (@RangersCulture) April 9, 2017
Rumour this is rangers new number 3 great choice imo welcome back Johansson https://t.co/xc2FQ9pEWB
— true blue 1970 (@wullielittle) April 9, 2017
The Scottish Sun report that Johansson, who spent three years at Rangers from 1997 to 2000, impressed Caxinha during a face-to-face interview last week.
He was reportedly the fifth former player to be interviewed by Caixinha for the coaching role following Alex Rae and Ibrox icons Barry Ferguson, Peter Lovenkrands and John Brown.
Johansson’s knowledge of the club, his contacts outside of Scotland and experience in development coaching roles at Morton and Motherwell appear to have been decisive in Caixhina’s belief he should be the man alongside him in the technical area.
Johansson is also a veteran of the Premier League, spending six years at Charlton during their days as an established top-flight club.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.