JONATAN JOHANSSON, the Finland assistant manager, has emerged as a surprise candidate for a role in Pedro Caixinha’s new Rangers coaching set-up.

The former Ibrox striker was on international duty last week with the Finns, who lost 2-0 in Turkey in a World Cup qualifier, when interviews began for a No 3 with local knowledge.

Caixinha personally oversaw the process of quizzing Barry Ferguson, John Brown and Peter Lovenkrands on Wednesday then Alex Rae 24 hours later on their suitability for the role.

Johansson can now be revealed as the fifth possibility under consideration as the Portuguese coach seeks someone with extensive know-how of the club and Scottish scene.

The 41-year-old ticks those boxes as he spent three seasons at Ibrox between 1997 and 2000 under Walter Smith then Dick Advocaat.

He returned to Scotland later in his career for spells with Hibs and St Johnstone before enjoying three years in charge of Motherwell Under-20s.

In December, Johansson was appointed to the Finnish international team staff as joint No 2 with ex-Fir Park favourite Simo Valakari as support for boss Markku Kanerva.

Chairman Dave King admitted more interviews are to take place for the coaching vacancy giving Johansson the opportunity to impress Caixinha in the coming days.


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