Rangers revealed on Sunday that they have appointed former player Jonatan Johansson as the assistant coach of Pedro Caixinha, ending endless speculation about who would take up the post at Ibrox.
— Rangers FC (@RangersFC) April 9, 2017
Names such as Barry Ferguson, John Brown and Peter Lovenkrands had all been interviewed for the post but Pedro Caixinha has opted for the Finnish former striker, who enjoyed a successful three years with the club in the late 90s. He was a key part of the side that won a famous domestic treble of trophies in 1998/99 under Dick Advocaat.
Caixinha had been looking for a figure that could help him understand Rangers and Scottish football. Johansson has extensive playing experience in Scotland, also playing for Hibernian and St Johnstone. He also possesses coaching knowledge in the country, spending 3 years behind the scenes at Greenock Morton and Motherwell.
However, his appointment has not gone down with universal praise, some supporters feeling that the club should have opted for the likes of former captain Barry Ferguson.
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on it all…
Gutted no @lovenkrands11 or Barry Ferguson for the number 3 job. We'll all get behind JJ though ????????
— gersgerl (@ddubs_twug) April 9, 2017
A bit gutted Barry Ferguson wasn't appointed as the 3rd coach however I trust Pedro's choice and Johansson has our backing! Welcome home ????????
— Rangers Family ???? (@Rangers_Lad1872) April 9, 2017
@RangersFC Should be our barry
— Beth x (@Titch9x) April 9, 2017
@RangersFC someone needs a geography lesson at our club. How local is Finland?
— Johnny (@Northernger) April 9, 2017
@RangersFC Would have preferred Ferguson, but too strong a character for another manager to handle…
— mark hunter (@markharryh) April 9, 2017
@RangersFC Not my choice…But will back him
— Kenneth (@kenk1958) April 9, 2017