Rangers flop Pedro Caixinha could be set for a stunning return to management just days after being sacked by Mexican side Cruz Azul – after reports in Portugal linked him with the vacant Sporting Lisbon job.

Sporting split with manager Marcel Keizer yesterday and a move to the Portuguese giants would be a massive turnaround for the former Rangers boss.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 29: Rangers Manager Pedro Caixinha gives out his instructions to Kenny Miller during the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round match between Rangers and Progres Niederkorn at the Ibrox Stadium on June 29, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Despite his time at Ibrox ending in shambles, Caixinha seems to remain highly-regarded both in his native Portugal and in Mexico.

The former Rangers manager is apparently one name ‘being spoken in the corridors of Sporting CP’s Estádio José Alvalade’, according to Televisão do Sul.

Sporting are currently fifth in Portugal’s Primeira Liga, three points off leaders FC Famalicão, and a move for Caixinha does seem to be a bit out-there.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 23: Pedro Caixinha, Manager of Rangers reacts during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.
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Under-23 coach Leonel Pontes is currently in charge of Sporting as they look for a new manager and if they were to move for Caixinha then his departure from Cruz Azul earlier this week should make it easy to get a deal done.

During his time in Mexico, Caixinha has lifted a number of trophies, including the Liga MX Apertura Cup, which he won for a second time after taking charge of Cruz Azul in December 2017.

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