Pedro Caixinha ready for test at ‘Scotland’s biggest club’

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha watched yesterday's draw against Celtic. Picture: John Devlin
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha watched yesterday's draw against Celtic. Picture: John Devlin
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The challenge of getting “the biggest club in Scotland” back to the top is the reason Pedro Caixinha decided to swap the sun and riches of Qatar for life at Ibrox, the Portuguese coach has revealed.

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Caixinha was confirmed as the successor to Mark Warburton on Saturday afternoon, fewer than 24 hours before he watched his new side draw 1-1 with rivals Celtic in the Ladbrokes Premiership.

The 46-year-old exited Al-Gharafa to become the 16th manager at Rangers after a £300,000 compensation fee was agreed for his services. He then put pen to paper on a three-year deal.

Speaking to Rangers TV in his first interview since arriving, Caixinha insisted the lure of restoring a “massive club” back to former glories was his motivation behind the switch.

He also insisted the first task on the road to achieving such a goal was to get everyone at the club united after what’s been a trying first season back in the top flight.

He said: “We are talking about a worldwide club. It’s a massive club, the biggest in Scotland. It’s a club that’s fighting to get back to the top.

“We know we’re going to get it back to the top and that’s what we’re here for. The challenge to rebuild, to get the club back to their past, their history and glory, it’s the main reason which brings us here.

“It’s not just the job of one man. The board and management have an important role, the players have an important role, the technical staff have an important role, and of course the fans as well. My first step is to unite with the identity of the club, which is quite easy with a club of such history.

“But it’s not just about the identity of the club, it’s also about the identity I want to implement. I’m not coming here just to be another manager. I am here to help. But I have my own ideas on how to get it.”

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