Former Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha continues to be linked with Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon with reports now claiming he is “in-line” for the job.

It would be an emphatic return to European football after Pedro Caixinha left his role at Ibrox back in October 2017 following a string of bad results.

Pedro would then go on to have strong success in Mexico with Cruz Azul, winning the Supercopa MX and coming within one match of a first Liga MX trophy for the club for over 20 years (since 1997).

Caixinha was last in charge at Cruz Azul, who he left at the start of September. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Portuguese coach Caixinha, 48, came under strong criticism during his time at Rangers for a number of reasons.

Firstly – and the Rangers Board must share responsibility for this – Caixinha had a distinct lack of understanding of the politics and nature of Scottish football.

On top of that, the manager oversaw some of the worst results in Rangers history.

Caixinha was in charge when we got skelped 5-1 off Celtic at Ibrox. He put Myles Beerman up against Patrick Roberts.

The Portuguese also infamously stood in a bush remonstrating with supporters after getting the club knocked out of Europe by Progres Niederkorn.

Pretty much sums up Pedro’s time at Rangers… (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He appeared so out of touch with the demands of being Rangers boss and the appointment stands as amongst the worst in Rangers history.

If not just for the terrible results, but also because of the monumental amount of money wasted by Caixinha and his signings.

Carlos Pena, Eddie Herrera, Fabio Cardoso and Bruno Alves all contributed to a minor financial catastrophe which is still somewhat being felt by the club.

Daniel Candeias stands as the only Caixinha inspired signing which was a success. Maybe Dalcio for pure comedy value.

Sporting’s Jose Alvalade Stadium can host just over 50,000 spectators. (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images)

Alfredo Morelos was recommended by Jonatan Johansson and you get the feeling Ryan Jack was on the club’s radar for a while.

Now, it looks like Pedro could be set for a return to European football with Sporting Lisbon.

Will he have learned from his time at Ibrox?

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