Our view: Rangers should brace themselves if Pedro Caixinha returns to work with European giants

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on May 12, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The one-time Rangers manager was eventually succeeded at Ibrox by Steven Gerrard.

Pedro Caixinha poses at the tunnel after he is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers at Ibrox Stadium on March 13, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The one-time Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha could be about to land on his feet after leaving his latest role.

Rangers brought to an end Caixinha's ill-fated seven-and-a-half-month Ibrox reign in October 2017, replacing the Portuguese first with Graeme Murty (on an interim basis) and then with Steven Gerrard.

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He returned to work as boss of Cruz Azul just six weeks later, but was given his marching orders on Monday after a disappointing start to the new Mexican season.

And another swift comeback may await Caixinha, whose name is 'being spoken in the corridors of Sporting CP's Estádio José Alvalade', according to Televisão do Sul.

But if Caixinha is the man to replace Marcel Keizer in Lisbon, what might it mean for Rangers?

 

The 48-year-old was of course in charge when Alfredo Morelos arrived at Ibrox two years ago and according to The Daily Record, he was keen on a reunion with the Colombian - on whom it claimed Rangers had previously attached a £20 million valuation - at Cruz Azul earlier this summer.

Sporting sold their own powerhouse striker, Bas Dost, to Eintracht Frankfurt at the end of last month and although Luciano Vietto signed earlier in the window, the 5ft 8 Argentine is not known for his brutish line-leading tendencies.

Morelos, on the other hand, is. And with the Portuguese transfer deadline still two-and-a-bit weeks away, it is not unlikely that a Sporting approach could materialise if Caixinha is sworn in. 

Alfredo Morelos of Rangers reacts during the Ladbrokes Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 01, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Luckily for Rangers, Gerrard, insisted last week that it was now too late for any of the Gers' key players to be sold - despite them all being available at the right price earlier in the summer.

But if Sporting cannot find Dost's replacement before 22 September, Rangers may wish to brace themselves in windows to come.

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