FORMER Hibs boss Alan Stubbs is convinced Rangers’ managerial target Pedro Caixinha would relish challenging Celtic.

In fact, the ex-Hoops defender believes his mate – the pair forged a friendship on a UEFA Pro-Licence course at Largs – would not be frightened at the prospect of making his debut at Parkhead a week tomorrow.

The Portuguese coach is ready to fly to Scotland in a bid to thrash out a move from Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa to succeed Mark Warburton.

Stubbs reckons the 46 year-old would relish pitting his wits against the treble-chasing Celts his first outing as Gers boss.

He said: “If Pedro is appointed the new manager of Rangers, then he would not be fazed by a match against Celtic in his first game.

“He is that type of guy. He is such a calm, calculated individual.

“He would rise to that challenge, but I am not saying he would get a result.

“I don’t think no matter what he did in the short term that Rangers could overcome Celtic right now.

“He would bring a calmness to that Rangers dressing room and the players would know in no uncertain terms what is expected of them and how he would want them to play.

“Pedro would be very clear with his game plan and philosophy.

“He would be very respectful of Rangers as a football club and what it stands for and he would expect the same high standards from the players in return.

“I think Pedro would be a really good managerial fit for Rangers.

“He has obviously taken his time to get to where he is now.

“He has been an assistant under some good coaches and learned a lot.

‘He has worked his way up to being a head coach and he has done very well.

“People might not know all about those clubs, but in those respective countries they are high-profile jobs.”


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