Pedro Caixinha has got off to a bit of a bruising start to his Rangers career, losing heavily to Celtic and falling further behind 2nd placed Aberdeen.
He has also clashed with everyone from Chris Sutton and Derek McIness to Charlie Nicholas and Neil Lennon- even some Rangers fans seem to be sharpening their knives for the 46-year-old who has barely been in the door a few months.
But now it’s fair to say that Caixinha is fighting back and the former Santos Laguna league winner has outlined his summer transfer plans that he hope’s to get working on as soon as the SPFL Premiership league season comes to an end this weekend.
After discussions with the clubs top brass and player representatives from across the globe the man in charge at Ibrox has started working on an ambitious list of five players he wants to bring in – with The Fitbaw Gospel believing at least three are already in advanced talks- and a list of seven current first-team members that he has told will be moved in ASAP.
Bruno Alves: The 35-year-old Euro 2016 winning Portuguese international is one that looks like already over the line for Rangers. A greatly experienced centre half who despite not having the best of seasons with Serie-A side Cagliari his defensive ability and leadership qualities will improve the Rangers back line without doubt and should more that make up for departing Clint Hill.
Vladimir Weiss: The former Ibrox-cult hero and league winner played with Caixinha in Qatar and has neer hid his affection for Rangers- constantly bantering with Celtic fans and cheering on Rangers from his official twitter account. The tricky and pacy Slovakian international might not have quite the electric acceleration and turn of pace that he had in first spell in Glasgow when he helped Walter Smith’s men win their 3rd league title in a row but at 27 he is still in the peak years in arguably a far better player than he was 8 years ago when he joined on loan from Manchester City. He tweeted on Friday that he is “coming home” and an initial season long loan-deal is looking the most likely route back to the UK for Weiss.
Ryan Jack: Aberdeen manager Derek McIness has already announced that his inspirational skippers last game for the club will be against Celtic in this months Scottish Cup final and early signs look like Rangers will have first say on the player who is apparently keen on a move down the league to the team below them in 3rd. With his contract coming to an end on the 1st of June Rangers are reportedly set to treble his current wage at Aberdeen to around 10k a week. Another one that will show Rangers ambitions and be ready to walk straight into the team for the start of the season and Europa League qualifiers.
Steven Naismith: This is one that might stretch beyond what Rangers are able to financially with the 30-year-old, just released from a 27k a week contract at Norwich, bound to be looking for a bit of security and long term deal in what could be his last big one. It may also be seen as too much of a gamble by Rangers due to his long term injury problems but it is understood that talks have taken place already between Rangers and the Scotland internationals representatives. Another former league winner at Ibrox Naismith would offer some genuine quality to the Rangers front-line and at his best would be the jewel in the crown of any light-blue revival in Glasgow.
Lewis Moult: The prolific Motherwell man is amazingly the only one of Caixinha’s top five targets that a transfer-fee will be required for and Rangers are ready to push the boat out with a bid of 800k that will seriously test cast strapped Wells resolve. Rangers have indicated they are willing to spend upto £1 million on a player and Caixinha has made it clear that six foot Moult should be that man if needed. The Englishman will add some height and strength to the Rangers forward line particularly if they also get Naismith and Weiss to return.
Pedro Caixinha has also made it clear exactly who he wants out the door and has already told Clint Hill, Phillipe Senderos, Niko Krancjar, Rob Kiernan, Josh Windass, Joe Dodoo and Michael O’Halloran they are free to find to new clubs and that no transfer fee will be required for the ones with contracts still at Rangers, in fact the Ibrox club are actually believed to have earmarked 300k from the sale of 15-year-old Billy Gilmour towards paying sweeteners to the likes of Windass to get them out the more with the least amount of hassle possible.
They have also told winger Barrie McKay that they are willing to accept cut price offers of between 750k and 1 million for the highly rated player who only has a year left to run on his deal. English Championship sides Sheffield United, Ipswich Town and Mark Warburton’s Nottingham Forest all thought to be interested and preparing bids.
So if Pedro’s plans come to fruition this summer then their potential new look line-up could be one to excite the fans again after a first year back in the top flight that turned into a bit of an anti-climax. That line-up could potentially be:
Gk. Wes Foderingham
RB. James Tavernier CB. Bruno Alves CB. Danny Wilson LB. Lee Wallace
Cm.Ryan Jack Cm.Jordan Rossitor
Rw. Stevie Naismith Lw.Vlad Weiss
Cf. Lewis Moult
Subs: Alnwick, Bates, Beerman, Halliday, Forrester, Miller, Garner, Waghorn
What do you think Rangers fans do have faith in Pedro’s ideas? could this team at least cut the gap at the top and get Rangers back into a strong second ? Or do you think this type of transfer policy is all wrong ? Who would you bring in instead and who would you be sad to see go.