New manager not expected before the weekend
Interim manager Graeme Murty is expected to remain in charge for the weekend’s match with Celtic but a new manager could be announced next week. According to reports Portuguese coach Pedro Caixnha has been told by the Rangers board that the job is his if he wants it. Mark Warburton’s long term successor is not expected to be announced ahead of the weekend’s game.
Potential DoF target leaves current post early
Tottenham’s Head of Recruitment Paul Mitchell has cut his notice period at White Hart Lane short which could be clearing the path for him to join Rangers as the Director of Football. Number one target Ross Wilson seems reluctant to leave Southampton having been interviewed for the position by Rangers along with Mitchell. Although nothing is yet confirmed, Mitchell may to be joined by Pedro Caixinha at Ibrox as soon as this week, but the board are likely to wait until after the Celtic game.
Kranjcar will miss the remainder of the season
Croatian ace Niko Kranjcar has admitted he won’t be making a return to the side this season. After suffering a serious knee injury in October, the midfielder was making a return to light training but said recently, “My next goal is to get back to the level where I was before the injury” and admits “I believe I will be ready for next season.”
Hyndman scoops both awards
On loan midfielder Emerson Hyndman has picked up both the goal of the month and player of the month for Rangers during January and February. Since his arrival in January the young American has fitted well into the side and looked comfortable in his new surroundings. His winning volley against Hearts was the goal which brought the award.
Referee announced for clash with Celtic
Bobby Madden will oversee the Old Firm derby at the weekend, assisted by David McGeachie and Dougie Potter. It is the first time he will take charge of a game between the rivals this season.