New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha
Rangers legend and coaching candidate John Brown has told the club's official website that he thinks new manager Pedro Caixinha will set out to attack the opposition.
Caixinha, 46, left Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa earlier this month in order to become the new Rangers boss, replacing Mark Warburton following his departure in February.
The Portuguese boss has only taken charge of one game so far, and that was a thumping 4-0 win over Hamilton Academical, in a game which saw Rangers exhibit some superb attacking football.
Under predecessor Warburton, Rangers were patient but pedestrian with possession, taking care of the ball well without really hurting the opposition – whereas under Caixinha, Rangers were quick and direct, playing in behind the Hamilton defence more than they seemed to under Warburton.
That's a good start for Caixinha, but there is still plenty of work to do for the former Nacional and Santos Laguna boss, and one task he must see to is the appointment of a new coach.
Whilst Caixinha has brought Helder Baptista, Pedro Malta and Jose Belman to Ibrox with him, he wants to land a 'local' coach with knowledge of both Rangers and Scottish football, aiding his transition into the job.
So far, Rangers have targeted five former players for the role – Barry Ferguson, John Brown, Peter Lovenkrands, Alex Rae and Jonatan Johansson – with a decision expected in the coming days.
Now, former Rangers hero Brown has told the club's official website that, having met for talks over the coaching job last week, he thinks the 'ambitious' Caixinha needs people around him with a strong knowledge of Scottish football – and believes his philosophy is to play attacking football, like Graeme Souness and Walter Smith before him.
“He wants to succeed and he needs people round about him to tell him and let him understand about Scottish football and the way the game is played, and the feelings that are against Rangers,” said Brown. “I think he’s very ambitious. I’m sure the knowledge he’s picked up when he’s travelled around a number of countries, he’ll want to put that into practice here and I think he’s got that bit between the teeth that he wants to be successful. And if he is successful at Rangers the Rangers fans will love him forever more.”
“I think if you’ve got a good base to you then you can go and explore further up the park. I think he’s a very offensive type guy and the good managers, like your Graeme Souness and Walter Smith, you have to attack. When you are Rangers and you are playing in front of 50,000 you have to take the onus and put pressure on the opposition. So I think that is what Pedro’s philosophy looks as though it is going to be, getting at the opposition,” he added.
Would you like to see Brown return to Rangers?