Former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has returned to Santos Laguna for a second spell with the Liga MX side.

The 51-year-old first managed the Mexican club between 2013 and 2015, winning three major honours.

Ex-Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha Santos Laguna

Former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has returned to Santos Laguna six years after his successful first stint in La Comarca Lagunera came to an end. (Photo by Mauricio Salas/Jam Media/Getty Images)

His success there was one of the reasons Rangers decided to appoint the Portuguese in 2017, but we all know how that went.

Since being sacked by the Gers, Caixinha has managed Cruz Azul and most recently, Al Shabab, but after almost a year out of the game, he’s back at Los Verdiblancos.


The former Rangers boss replaces Guillermo Almada, who was sacked earlier this week after a dispute with the club’s board, and who has since taken over at another Mexican top-flight club, CF Pachuca.

“I am very excited to be returning to Santos Laguna,” he said [Scottish Sun]. “It’s a beautiful relationship that I first started ten years ago.”

“It made me the man I am today. I am extremely grateful to be given another opportunity at this great club.

“What I promise is a lot of work and dedication so that the fans can be proud of the team they have on the field and identify with it. The only thing that is not going to be negotiable is the attitude on the pitch.”

Caixinha is often seen as something of a joke figure in Scottish football but he won silverware the last time he was in Mexico, with Cruz Azul, and he’ll be hoping to bring success back to the Estadio Corona over the coming years.

Meanwhile, a Dundee player is in red-hot form going into Saturday’s Premiership clash against Rangers at Ibrox.

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