Vladimir Weiss: TAKE ME WITH YOU PEDRO

Former Rangers hero Vladimir Weiss could seal a dream return to Ibrox in the summer now that Portuguese manager Pedro Caixinha is taking over.

The Slovakian winger who spent a season on loan at Rangers from Manchester City six years ago has never hidden his affinity for Rangers and has made it clear he would welcome a return to the struggling SPFL side now they are back at the top table.

Weiss plays for Caixinha's current club Al Gharafa, were the two Europeans have enjoyed a close friendship and advised the former Santos Laguna manager to make the switch to Glasgow- even telling him it would be worth the rain and drop in wages if he could bring success and European football back to Ibrox.

Winner: Vladimir was a key part of the last Rangers side to win an SPFL title.

Caixinha just brought Weiss to Al Gharafa last year after impressive performances for Qatari rivals Lekhwiya and he signed a four and a half year deal last January but with the club currently languishing at the wrong end of the table it is thought they wouldn't stand in his way if a move back to Europe presented itself.

He first made the move to the Arab state in 2014 when Lekhwiya offered to double his wages he was on at Greek club Olympiakos. The move came just weeks after Weiss claimed he was staying in Athens for the long term and dissapointed Olympiakos fans who now nickname him Wei$$ due to his money-grabbing reputation.

Caixinha in Qatar

Now the 27-year-old Slovak international is believed to see a move to Glasgow as the perfect opportunity to lose that tag and regain the promising reputation he had the start of his career.

Since leaving the club he has remained a cult-hero among the fans and never hid his support for them on Twitter or his disdain for rival Celtic who he has regular digs at online.

Vladimir Weiss giving it big licks in amongst the Rangers support and taunting the away fans

He has also returned as a fan on numerous occasions and really immersed himself in amongst the support.

Despite paying close to £4 million for him just over a year ago it is believed the cash-rich Qatari's would be open to a cut-price move or even a loan deal for Weiss if it meant he could get a dream move back to a well renowned club in Europe that also holds a special place in his heart.

It has been clear Weiss hasn't been enjoying his football over the last 6-months as Gharafa's performances his floundered and Weiss has struggled for form.

As a well respected club in world football, a fan base that would welcome him like a return of a hero, a chance of winning silver ware, playing in Europe and working with a manager he respects- Rangers would tick all the boxes for Weiss if a suitable financial package can be offered.

Despite rumours of financial upheaval in recent months they put their money were their mouth is to pay £400k to Al Gharafa for the remainder of Caixinha's contract, with a modest transfer budget, but by far the 2nd biggest in Scotland, also thought to have been offered.

Weiss took to Twitter on Thursday to congratulate his former gaffer on getting a dream job with what he still calls "the best fans in the world"

 

Woudl you welcome a return to Ibrox for the Slovakian wizard ? At 27 he could be coming into his peak years and could be a major asset to the incoming manager.

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