That was the summer. Yet, somehow, the Portuguese was allowed to continue in his role as Gers boss until the end of October when the Ibrox board pulled the trigger, bringing to the end one of the strangest managerial reigns in the club’s history.
His 229-day spell was the shortest in the club’s history and he left the Light Blue having won 14 of his 26 games in charge.
In order to get a handle on what Gers fans are thinking ahead of the transfer window opening on January 1, we canvassed the opinion of Rangers fans Todd from We Are The People Podcast, YouTuber CJNovo1992, David Edgar from Heart & Hand and Stewart Franklin from Gersnet.
Which areas do Rangers need to strengthen in January and why? (Todd from We Are The People Podcast)
We can’t go into the near-to-middle future with another mistake like Caixinha. As good as Murty is doing, this is not his team. We need the board, who have been quite good at the financial side of the club, to turn to the footballing side and either get a clear vision of the football side, or resign and allow those that are able to take their seats.
Name three realistic transfer targets you would like Rangers to sign in January and who should they replace in your starting XI? (Stewart Franklin)
He’s already on loan from Cardiff City and playing well. He’s available for free at the end of the season so perhaps his parent club would be amenable to an earlier deal for a nominal fee. With Lee Wallace reaching full fitness again after a groin injury, it will be good to have genuine competition for places.
Like John, McLean is also out of contract and the end of the season and has told Aberdeen he’d like to leave. Again I’d like to see us reach a deal with Aberdeen (perhaps including someone like Michael O’Halloran) to allow him to come in January and give us more options on the left side and centrally.
What is your number one fear for the January window? (David Edgar)
That we extend our already ludicrously long managerial search and then scramble about after all the decent players in our price range have gone. There’s a fear among the fans we’ll get in another couple of bodies to fill out a squad that has too many of those type of players as it is. We need an injection of quality, even if it is only on loan. Put it this way, I’d rather have two players who can go straight in and make a difference than five who simply take up room on the bench.
What would your dream January transfer window look like? (CJNovo1992)
The dream transfer window for rangers would be getting John to sign on a pre-contract in January as he’s been playing well since his loan, also bringing in the likes of proven SPFL quality like McLean and Jamie Walker into the squad on would be great, even if it’s on pre-contracts ahead of the summer.