IT is unlikely Rangers will have managerial target Pedro Caixinha in place when they take on Celtic at Parkhead on Sunday.
The Ibrox club had hoped the 46-year-old Portuguese, who is currently working in Qatar with Al-Gharafa, would arrive in Glasgow ahead of the derby game for further talks.
Caixinha has been told the job is his by the board, but has yet to formally agree the terms of his contract.Rangers apparently are prepared to accept a delay in proceedings as they search for a team boss to replace Mark Warburton, who departed last month.
Graeme Murty, who has taken on the role of interim manager for the past five games, will be in charge against the Hoops at the weekend.
There also remains uncertainty regarding the appointment of Southampton’s director of scouting Ross Wilson into the new role as director of football, with speculation that he has turned down the job.
Rangers, under Warburton, lost their previous three games against Brendan Rodgers’ outfit this season – 5-1 and 2-1 in the Premiership and 1-0 in the League Cup.
There will be plenty of interest in the Glasgow Derby at the weekend with Celtic fans hoping for a repeat of the September result.
Those not at the game will be desperate to hear the news about the latest scores
, and the Rangers punters will probably be happy to leave Parkhead with a point. They’d see that as a very good result for their club given the circumstances.
There will be plenty of people predicting another good day for Celtic’s young French striker Moussa Dembele. He seems to like playing against the Ibrox side, having scored 5 goals in the 3 games against them in this his first season at Celtic.