MICHAEL MOLS insists Rangers haven’t taken a risk by appointing unheralded coach Pedro Caixinha as their new boss.
The 46-year-old was named as Mark Warburton’s successor last weekend and will take charge of his side for the first time against Hamilton.
Caixinha has inherited a squad that are third in the Premiership standings after a poor campaign to date but he is determined to lead the Light Blues to a flying finish this term.
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And former Gers striker Mols hopes Caixinha can make an instant impact at Ibrox and lay the foundations for a successful first full season at the helm.
He said: “When a new manager comes in it gives everyone a new start. It gives them some new energy, some fresh energy so hopefully it works out well.
“That (the timing) had to do with the situation. Normally it is hard for a manager to come into a club mid-season.
“You saw that with Frank de Boer and I think he regretted that he done it. That is why he wants to start at a new season.
“Every disadvantage has an advantage and now he has time to get to know the team really well. He can see them during training and during games and during pre-season.
“He will know what the team needs with new players or changing the system. Every disadvantage has an advantage.
“I have only seen Rangers once or twice. But obviously every manager has his own preference for players or players that he knows.
“He needs to know the players well to judge them so that is why it is good that he has half a season.
“During the summer, maybe he will need players or maybe he won’t need players. That will be up to the manager and the board.
“To be honest, I didn’t know anything about him and it was a surprise for me.
“But I assume that the board and everyone who was involved did their homework and asked around what kind of manager he is. Like everybody, I am curious.
“Mourinho started the same. If you get a well-known manager, that doesn’t automatically mean success. Maybe with his fresh ideas and approach to the players, it can work out perfectly.
“Give him a chance. I don’t know much about him but you start from blank.”
Caixinha has made his presence felt at Ibrox in recent days as attentions have turned to the visit of Accies this afternoon.
The Portuguese is set to add a ‘local assistant’ to his backroom team in the coming weeks to help him settle into life in Scottish football.
Ex-Gers skipper Barry Ferguson has been linked with a return to the club and Mols believes his former team-mate would be an ideal candidate for the position.
He said: “You always bring people from your home but it is also important to get someone involved who knows the club, who knows the culture and how things work in Scotland, particularly at a club like Rangers.
“I think it is a good idea. Louis van Gaal did the same at Man Utd. He brought in some of his own people but also worked with Ryan Giggs.
“I think he is a candidate who knows the club, who loves the club and who has his badges. From that point of view, he has the right criteria. I think there is one problem maybe, I don’t know if the manager would understand him!
“That (his departure from the club) is the in the past and is different. There is a difference between a manager and a player. At that point, that was his decision.
“He has started now a new career as a manager and a coach. He left Clyde, so maybe that is a sign.”