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Johansson could not turn down Rangers opportunity

By Andy newport

Jonatan Johansson admits the chance to return to Rangers was too good to turn down.

The former Rangers striker was chosen from a number of candidates to join Pedro Caixinha's new coaching set-up.

The Finn had been working back in his homeland as assistant to national team boss Markku Kanerva but has quit that post to concentrate full-time on his new duties.

And Johansson - who has previously worked with Motherwell's Under-20s - believes linking up with the Light Blues squad is the perfect career move.

He told RangersTV: "The Finland work and set-up was great for me. I was so proud to work for my country and leaving it is a little bit sad for me, but this was an opportunity and a chance that I couldn't turn down.

"Working every day on the pitch, with top-class players, it's a dream for every coach and that's no different for me.

"With the national team the difficult thing for the coach is the spaces between the games when you can't do any on-field work and you have to wait to start again so it was always in my plans to return to a club.

"I coached with youth players at Motherwell and with Finland then stepped up to the first team with Finland to coach professionals, so I felt I was ready to take the next step, getting into a big club with massive pressure again.

"Working with top-class players, but also with the manager and coaches and fitness team, so I think this was a natural step for me and the fact it's Rangers is a massive bonus.

"I've been back to Ibrox a lot and when I was here as a player the training ground wasn't built. I learnt a lot when I played here and had fantastic times so coming back to work is really special."

Johansson spent three years in Glasgow after moving from FC Flora in 1997, netting 25 goals for Rangers while lifting the Scottish Premier League title twice.

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