Former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has been sacked as head coach of Mexican giants Santos Laguna after being knocked out of the CONCACAF Champions League by MLS side Club de Foot Montréal.

The Mexicans were knocked out in the last 16, losing 3-1 on aggregate having won 1-0 in the first leg, with Caixinha’s side also currently sitting rooted to the foot of the Liga MX Clausura table.

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The Portuguese boss was only appointed as boss with the Verdiblancos at the start of December but only two draws from six league games before their CCL exit was nowhere near good enough.

In a brief statement on their website, Caixinha’s sacking was confirmed as his latest stint with Santos came to an end.

“After carrying out the corresponding analysis of the performance and sports results at the time, the Santos Laguna Sports Committee decided to complete the cycle of Pedro Caixinha and his Technical Corps at the head of the First Team.

“We are grateful for the professionalism and dedication of Pedro and his work team, to whom we wish every success in their future projects.

“The Committee will continue its session to define the following actions, which will be informed in a timely manner.”

Since leaving Rangers, Caixinha has also had spells at Cruz Azul and Al Shabab and his he only returned to Santos in December of 2021.

While his time as Rangers boss isn’t exactly fondly remembered, he was responsible for bringing Ryan Jack and Alfredo Morelos to the club.

Meanwhile, two former Rangers teammates have been reunited in the NIFL Premiership

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