RANGERS have confirmed the appointment of Portuguese coach Pedro Caixhina as their new manager on a three-year contract.

The Ibrox outfit agreed a deal with Qatari side Al Gharafa and the move was completed this afternoon, ahead of tomorrow’s game against Celtic at Parkhead.

However, caretaker manager Graeme Murty will remain in charge for the encounter against the champions.

Caixhina said: “This club has a great history and tradition and I am proud to follow in the footsteps of legendary Rangers managers like Walter Smith, Graeme Souness and Jock Wallace.”

Ibrox Managing Director Stewart Robertson said: “We are delighted to welcome Pedro to Rangers.

“We compiled a shortlist of high-quality candidates for the position, but we knew after our initial meeting with Pedro that he was the right man to take this club forward.

“He is a man of great experience and authority and the board has no doubt he will help us achieve our long-term goals.

“I would like to thank the Rangers supporters for their patience throughout the process, but we were determined to appoint the best candidate possible.

“I would also like to thank Graeme Murty for taking control of the first team.

“He will complete his duties at Celtic Park on Sunday before returning to his role with the under-20s and Pedro will begin his work on Monday morning.”


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