As reported by The Daily Record, Pedro Caixinha is busy trying to assemble a Rangers squad worthy of competing for major honours in Scottish football next season.
The Portuguese has guided his team to two victories in as many weeks, a much welcome rebound from demoralising derby defeats to Celtic, but it’s the summer where the real work will be done and it appears he is edging closer to one of his targets.
The Record say that he held talks with Hearts midfielder Alex Tziolis in the wake of the Light Blues’ 2-1 win over the Jam Tarts at Ibrox on Saturday.
Available on a free transfer when his contract expires, the paper say the Gers boss wants him to star in his midfield next season. The pair are familiar with each having worked together at Panathinaikos when Caixinha was assistant manager.
Tziolis has hardly been a rampant success at Hearts since joining January but nonetheless would offer Rangers vast experience in a midfield that has struggled defensively this season.
With 63 caps for his native Greece and over 400 professional appearances at club level, including 66 in UEFA competition, it’s the kind of CV that would certainly pique supporters’ interest.
Caixinha needs players in he’s worked with before in order to effect the change he wants at Ibrox and given the circumstances, with Tziolis available on a free, then it’s a move that on paper makes sense.
Perhaps the Greek midfielder can show more at Ibrox than he has at Tynecastle.