Pedro Caixinha aiming to sign Rashid Sumaila

The Rangers squad requires a significant reshuffle this summer, there's no doubt about it. Pedro Caixinha has a big task on his hand if he is to build a core squad worthy of putting up a sustained fight vs Celtic in next season's Scottish Premiership.

And now as they prepare to play St Johnstone in a league fixture, the youngster insists that it will be important for Celtic to win and extend their unbeaten run.

Naturally a holding midfielder, he can also play as a centre back or as a right back and his consistent performances in a number of positions have caught the eye.

"We are professionals. Even for example, when I am about to end a contract my job is to do my very best until the end". Also, we need strong characters and strong personalities.

Caixinha, who has worked in Portugal, Greece, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Qatar, told Rangers TV: "We say we only know the players when you really work with them on a daily basis". The 6ft tall defender has had a nomadic club career, including a spell in South Africa prior to moving to Kuwait where he won a best foreign player award.

"We presented our players plan and I'm really happy and confident about that because I know things are getting in that direction".

"We have a lot of players that can not contribute because they are injured, but even so the players that we have, we know that they are going to be at their very best and the very best at this club is always looking for a win and by the end getting three more points".

"Everything is organised according to the realistic situation at the club. Maybe. That's why I'm taking about a new core". We are doing the things needed in order to get the core of the players playing that I presented. "Some money needs to be invested but it's not a question of how much money is going to be invested".

Rangers have come into financial strife in the past and were demoted to the fourth-tier of Scottish football after going into administration. If we bring in these players we have targeted then we can challenge. Some ruthless fans would quite happily see none of them return to Ibrox next season.

"We have our list of targets".

  • Salvatore Jensen