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Caixinha ready to take on Ibrox challenge

IbroxRangers are closing in on Portuguese coach Pedro Caixinha, currently in charge of Qatari side Al-Gharafa, as their target to succeed Mark Warburton at Ibrox.

Caixinha worked  with Portuguese team Uniao Leiria and won the Mexican title with Santos Laguna with whom he had been a player. He was number two at Sporting Lisbon.

The 46-year-old is understood to have impressed at interview and has been endorsed by former Hibs manager Alan Stubbs who knows him from their Uefa course at Largs.

Caixinha has just three months left on his current £2m contract and so would be free to take up the Ibrox role in the summer without compensation.

He was close to moving to Ibrox in the summer of 2015 when he agreed to work as assistant manager to countryman Vitor Periera. The deal feel through when Rangers lost in a play-off against Motherwell.

Two other candidates for the job met Graeme Park, who is recruiting Rangers’ next manager, and executives Stewart Robertson and Andrew Dickson in London on Tuesday.

Former Birmingham City boss Gary Rowett and Norwich’s Alex Neil are also in contention.

Frank De Boer is said to have met the board twice, but sources say he wanted a player acquisition pot and a salary beyond what the board was prepared to finance, as well as preferring to hold out for an English club.

 

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