Rangers wanted to sign new Hearts arrival Christophe Berra

As reported by The Daily Record, Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has suffered another summer transfer window set-back, missing out on one of his defensive targets.

What’s the story?

Christophe Berra left English Championship side Ipswich Town earlier this month despite having a year option left on his contract and rejoined former club Heart of Midlothian.

It’s a key transfer for under fire Tynecastle boss Ian Cathro and it seems as if he’s managed to get one over on Rangers.

The Daily Record report Pedro Caixinha was keen on signing the Scotland international, but the lure of a return to his boyhood heroes has proven to be too strong for the central defender.

As quoted by The Daily Record, Berra said:

“It’s a great feeling to be back at Hearts. I wanted to come back and there’s only one team in Scotland I wanted to play for – and that’s Hearts.

“I’m born and bred in Edinburgh, my friends and family are here and this is the only club I’ve played for in Scotland.

“Hopefully I can end my career here.”

In truth Berra would have likely improved the Rangers backline especially with the likes of Clint Hill departing the club. He’s got vast experience and at 32 years of age, still has plenty of football left ahead of him in his career.

It won’t be too great a worry for Light Blues fans that they’ve missed out on him give that it sounds like he had a laser focus determination to play for Hearts above all else.

It does mean though that Caixinha’s search for a trusted and experience central defender continues.