Rumour Mill: Pedro Caixinha for Rangers job | Next Motherwell manager | Rangers need ‘Neil Lennon-type’

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Portuguese coach Pedro Caixinha is in the running to be next manager of Rangers; Owen Coyle, Lee McCulloch and Simo Valakari are among the favourites to be next Motherwell boss, though Stephen Robinson is likely to succeed Mark McGhee, and Derek Ferguson insists Rangers need a player like Neil Lennon to improve fortunes at Ibrox.

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Pedro Caixinha is a surprise contender to replace Mark Warburton. Picture: Getty

Pedro Caixinha is a surprise contender to replace Mark Warburton. Picture: Getty

Caixinha in the frame for Rangers job

Pedro Caixinha is a surprise contender to be new manager of Rangers as the Ibrox board began interviewing candidates to take over the vacant role.

Caixinha is currently head coach of Qatari side Al-Gharafa and may see Rangers as a stepping stone into the English Premier League.

Meanwhile, Alex McLeish remains favourite to succeed Mark Warburton after speaking with members of the Rangers board during their trip to London this week. (Daily Record)

Robinson favourite for Motherwell job

Stephen Robinson is favourite to succeed his former boss Mark McGhee as manager of Motherwell after the Fir Park club severed ties with the Scotland assistant yesterday.

Robinson only recently returned to the club as first-team coach following a spell as manager of Oldham and will have the chance to impress on an interim basis. (Daily Record)

- Owen Coyle and Lee McCulloch are among the early contenders to take over from McGhee should the club’s board decide to look elsewhere for their new manager. Both are ex-Motherwell players, with Coyle available following his exit from Blackburn. McCulloch is currently caretaker boss at Kilmarnock. (Scottish Sun)

Valakari ready to manage Motherwell

Ex-Motherwell midfielder Simo Valakari has thrown his hat into the ring to be the next manager of the club.

The Finn was considered for the job before Ian Baraclough was hired as manager in 2014, and insists he’s more ready for the role than ever. (The Herald)

Ferguson: Rangers need a Neil Lennon type

Ex-Rangers player Derek Ferguson insists Rangers need to add a bit more bite to their midfield, someone in the mold of a Stuart McCall - or a Neil Lennon.

The BBC pundit believes there’s a lack of dig in the Ibrox engine room and need the type of player that opposing fans love to hate. (Evening Times)

Struna: Signings care about Hearts

Andraz Struna today hit back at claims Hearts’ foreign players don’t care about the jersey.

The Slovenian spoke out ahead of tonight’s match with Ross County to declare that every first-team member is hurt by recent results. Struna was one of nine new faces to arrive at Tynecastle during the January transfer window.

None are Scottish and most are on short-term contracts, leading to suggestions that some aren’t giving 100 per cent for the Hearts cause. (Evening News)

Sviatchenko snubbed Leicester in January

Erik Sviatchenko has revealed that he rebuffed overtures from English champions Leicester City because he is not yet ready to leave Celtic for the Premier League.

The Danish defender had piqued the interest of Claudio Ranieri in January and discussions took place with the player’s agent.

However, the 25-year-old has not hidden his desire to move to the world’s most lucrative league in the future. (The Scotsman)

Donaldson’s Polish switch off

The proposed move of Dundee United defender Coll Donaldson to Polish top flight side Bruk-Bet Termalica Nieciecz now looks to be dead in the water after the two clubs failed to agree terms.

Donaldson flew out to Poland two weeks ago to try and win a deal but has been scuppered in his hopes of finding regular first-team football as United refuse to send the player on loan, wishing instead for a permanent transfer. (Evening Telegraph)

Clarkson out for a year

David Clarkson has revealed he’ll be out injured for a year after damaging both the ACL and PLC in his knee.

The St Mirren striker sustained the injury in training and initially hoped he’d only be out until the summer. Instead, the 31-year-old faces a long and gruelling rehabilitation. (The Herald)