Rangers manager latest: 46-year-old makes massive impression during top-level talks - report
By Alex Stevens
Pedro Caixinha has already held top-level talks with Rangers chiefs about becoming the club’s new manager, according to a report.
The Daily Record clam the little known Portugese jetted in to London from Qatar more than a week ago to meet with a delegation of Ibrox directors about the vacant post.
It is said that Caixinha, 46, made a “massive impression” on the Rangers hierarchy during those discussions.
It emerged on Wednesday that Caixinha, who is currently the manager of Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa, is a frontrunner to replace Mark Warburton, who left in acrimonious circumstances three weeks ago.
The Record report that the former manager of Portuguese side CD Beja and Greek giants Panathinaikos is on a £2million-a-year contract at the Middle East club but is willing to take a pay cut to move back to European football.
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Rangers have embarked on a raft of job interviews over the last week as they search for a new manager while also attempting to bring in a director of football as part of a major management restructure.
Ex-Ibrox boss Alex McLeish is among those who have been in London for talks, while Caixinha has returned to the Middle East and is preparing his Al-Gharafa team for a key Q League clash with Al-Sailiya on Thursday afternoon.
Caixinha was installed as the new favourite to become the next Rangers manager on Wednesday following a dramatic tumble in his odds.
Rangers Under-20s coach Murty has overseen the club’s last four matches, including Wednesday night’s Scottish Premiership win over St Johnstone.
A last-minute winner from Emerson Hyndman secured a 3-2 triumph at Ibrox that keeps the Scottish giants on course for a Europa League place.