RANGERS MANAGER Pedro Caixinha will begin his clear-out of the current Ibrox squad as early as next week and he promises the Rangers fans that he will bring into the club players that he knows and can rely on.
In his weekly interview on Rangers TV Caixinha, outlined his plan for rebuilding the Rangers squad in the wake of two desperately disappointing results against Celtic and a less than impressive season in the top flight for last season’s Championship winners.
“We say we only know the players when you really work with them on a daily basis,” the Portuguese said. “One thing is for sure, we have identified the needs and the characteristics which are really good as a starting point.
“But we want to reduce the risks – so what I am going to look for are players that I know, either from having worked with them before or because I have watched them playing on a regular basis.
“We have our list of targets. We are working on that and we are in the market, that much I can tell you.
“The club is willing to invest and we know where we can go with that sort of investment.
“Some players may need a higher investment, and others are maybe out of contract.
“First of all, we will look for men. Only men can take this job. Also, we need strong characters and strong personalities. We need a winning mentality. And, of course, we need quality players,” he said.
“We have been assessing for a long time and because I am someone who leads by example, I want all our players to know that I will shake his hand and say: ‘Thank you, but our time ends here’. Or I will say: ‘Let’s keep going’.
“I will start those conversations maybe at the beginning of next week. As I always say though, we work until the last day and treat it like it’s the first one.
“We are professionals. Even for example, when I am about to end a contract my job is to do my very best until the end.
“You are still defending the badge and you still have a contract with the club. We are all professionals, we all live for football, we all live for Rangers and we all live for winning.”
Caixinha may find getting some of the flops out of the door could be more difficult that he thinks. Only veteran Clint Hill, who has had a decent season, and the practically useless Philippe Senders are the only two first team players whose contract ends in the summer. The third one was Kenny Miller, who signed a well deserved one year extension last week.
There are two players on loan at Ibrox – Jon Toral and Emerson Hyndman – and they are expected to return to their clubs.
Other than that the rest of the squad assembled by current Scottish manager of the Year Mark Warburton, are on longer contracts.