Rangers head into weekend derby with Celtic leaderless

As reported by The Daily Record, talks between Rangers and prospective new boss Pedro Caixinha have stalled following a day of talks regarding his appointment.

What’s the story?

It’s now almost a month since Mark Warburton departed the club in dramatic circumstances and the Gers are seemingly still quite a length of time away from landing a new leader.

The Record reckons that Caixinha was due into Glasgow today to put pen to paper on a deal that would see him take charge at Ibrox but that has now been delayed until Wednesday at the earliest.

A source close to the Portuguese manager, as quoted by the paper, said:

Originally, the plan was to get the offer from Rangers agreed and then to negotiate Pedro’s way out of Al-Gharafa on Monday. That would have allowed him to close the deal and then catch a flight to the UK. But the talks were not as straightforward as he had hoped so everything has been placed on hold for another 24 hours. If all goes well then he will arrive in Glasgow on Wednesday.

That means time is running out on him being in place for a daunting trip to Celtic Park on Sunday, leaving inexperienced U20s coach Graeme Murty having to face the cauldron of the derby. Even if Caixinha does arrive tomorrow and get the deal done, it leaves little time to effect change on the training pitch ahead of the match.

The club have also been left sweating on their hoped Director of Football appointment with target Ross Wilson still having not agreed to take the position at Ibrox, according to the report.

Can Graeme Murty lead Rangers to victory?

It’s a tough ask for caretaker boss Murty to get a result at Celtic Park this weekend. In fact, it would be a tough ask for almost any manager.

It’s true that results have improved over the last week, Rangers kept their first clean sheet since January on Saturday at home to Hamilton, but Brendan Rodgers’ Bhoys are flying and appear to be unstoppable.

Bringing in a new manager may have given the squad a much needed boost and a week’s training with the new man may have given them a fresh outlook and fresh inspiration to match the Hoops, but as it is, it looks like it’ll be the tried and tested formula that this season has failed to get close to a derby win.