By Alex Stevens
Former Rangers midfielder Alex Rae has become the fourth former player to be interviewed by Pedro Caixinha about a role on his coaching staff, according to a report.
The Daily Record claim the 47-year-old former Dundee and St Mirren manager had face-to-face talks with the Portugese manager on Thursday.
It came 24 hours after new manager Caixinha reportedly met with Ibrox icons Barry Ferguson, Peter Lovenkrands and John Brown.
The Portugese, 46, is looking to complete his backroom team with a former Rangers player who has an excellent knowledge of Scottish football and a strong connection with the club.
Ferguson, 39, had been considered to be the frontrunner for the coaching post, with Lovenkrands, 37, and ‘Bomber’ Brown, 55, also in the frame.
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But the new twist, with ex-enforcer Rae also in the running, suggests that Caixinha is yet to make up his mind about the identity of the final member of his backroom team.
Rae had two years at Rangers towards the end of his career after successful spells at Sunderland, Wolves and Millwall.
Lovenkrands, the Danish former winger, remains close to the club having played for Rangers between 2000 and 2006 and is a regular contributor to its in-house media.
Ex-Rangers defender Brown is in the running after three years away from football following his departure from Dundee, where he had been manager for a year up until February 2014.
Ferguson left his position as manager of Clyde last month and was immediately linked with a return to the club where he came through as a boy.
Caixinha has made it clear he wants the first-team coach to have an intimate knowledge of Scottish football and be a conduit between the coaching staff and the dressing room.
The new manager took charge of his first game last weekend, as Rangers built on their Old Firm draw at Parkhead with a resounding 4-0 triumph against Hamilton.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.