Date: 13th March 2017 at 9:47am
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By Matt Farr

Rangers managing director Stewart Robertson has lifted the lid on the reasons behind their appointment of Pedro Caixinha as the club’s new manager.

The Scottish club announced on their official club website on Saturday afternoon that Caixinha, 46, had been appointed as the new manager at Ibrox on a three-year deal.

But speaking to Rangers TV, Robertson admitted that the club’s new chief became the standout candidate due to his strength of character, an attribute compared to previous Ibrox managers Walter Smith and Graeme Souness.

Robertson added that his handling of the media and ability to get a message across to his players was also a big influence on their decision.

He said: “Someone who could go to Mexico and do what he did and be successful, moving his family there and actually making a life for himself and adapting to a new culture told us a lot about his strength of character.

“We’ve seen that in our great managers of the past, be it Walter Smith, Jock Wallace, or Graeme Souness.

“They’ve all had a strong character and you need that to make your mark at a club like Rangers, and that was he biggest thing we were looking for.”

Caixinha quit his post at Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa to take up arms in Glasgow, and also managed Portugal-based duo Uniao Leiria and Nacional, as well as Santos Laguna in Mexico.

He was watching from the stands on Saturday as Clint Hill netted a late equaliser for Rangers in their Old Firm derby meeting with Celtic, ending in a 1-1 draw.

Caixinha will now take over from caretaker boss Graeme Murty in a bid to revive the club into a Scottish superpower and re-emerge from the shadow of their bitter rivals.

His first game in charge will be against Hamilton on Saturday.

In other Rangers news, Murty has sent a message to fans as he makes way for the new Ibrox chief.

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