RANGERS look set to announce the successor to Mark Warburton shortly as the news breaks that the Qatar Stars League club Al-Gharafa have now given their head coach Pedro Caixinha permission to join the Ibrox side.
The Qatari side Al Gharafa took to social media to announce that they had given the Portuguese coach permission to join the Ibrox side.
The 46-year-old Portuguese , who this morning was in the news for sending a video message to ‘his Celtic brothers’ congratulating them on winning the league, will now be appointed ahead of this weekend’s massive match at Celtic Park. Rangers are desperate to end their desperately disappointing run of 3 successive defeats against the Champions as they seek to catch second placed Aberdeen.
But the Ibrox side will go into the game without Pedro Caixinha in the dug-out.
In their tweet earlier this afternoon, the Qatar Stars League club stated that the deal was in their financial interests, especially with Caixinha’s contract due to expire in 45 days.
Al Gharafa also added that Caixinha’s wish to join Rangers was instrumental in their decision to let Caixinha go.
Today’s agreement with Al Gharafa means that Caixinha will be free to travel to Parkhead on Sunday lunchtime and this will allow him to see first hand the scale of the job he is taking on.
Caixinha arrived in Qatar in 2015 after a period working at Santos Laguna, the Mexican club with strong links to Celtic.
Before that he managed Uniao de Leiria and Nacional in Portugal and was on the coaching staff at several clubs learning his trade.