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Celtic fan Caixinha heads for Rangers hotseat

By Graham Luney

Pedro Caixinha has been handed the daunting task of reviving Rangers’ fortunes. Qatar Stars League side Al Gharafa announced on their official Twitter account that they had agreed a deal to release the Portuguese coach from his contract.

Caixinha will finalise terms with Rangers ahead of Sunday’s trip to Celtic Park and is expected to attend the Old Firm battle but Under-20s boss Graeme Murty will continue in a caretaker role for the derby clash.

Al Gharafa stated that the deal was in their financial interests, especially with Caixinha’s contract due to expire in 45 days. And they added that Caixinha’s desire to join Rangers outweighed their appetite to retain his services.

The 46-year-old emerged as Rangers’ number one choice to replace Mark Warburton last week, but a deal could not be struck quickly enough for him to be appointed in time to prepare for Sunday’s game against Brendan Rodgers’ runaway Ladbrokes Premiership leaders.

Caixinha moved to Qatar in 2015 after a successful spell with Santos Laguna, a Mexican club with links to Celtic and he congratulated the Hoops on winning the title that year in a video message.

He also previously managed Uniao de Leiria and Nacional in the Portuguese league.

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