Rangers: Jonatan Johansson to become assistant coach to Pedro Caixinha

Jonatan Johansson pictured during his time as coach of Motherwell's Under-20s
Johansson spent three years as coach of Motherwell's Under-20s side

Rangers have appointed former striker Jonatan Johansson as an assistant coach in Pedro Caixinha's backroom team.

The former Finland international, 41, is currently working as an assistant manager with his national team.

Johansson spent three successful years at Ibrox between 1997 and 2000, scoring 25 times in 71 appearances.

He was chosen by Caixinha ahead of other former Rangers players such as Barry Ferguson, John Brown, Kevin Thomson and Alex Rae.

Johansson, who spent three years in charge of Motherwell's under-20 side between 2012 and 2015, will join Caixinha's right-hand man Helder Baptista, fitness coach Pedro Malta and goalkeeper coach Jose Belman on the Rangers staff.

He won 106 caps for Finland and played in the English Premier League with Charlton Athletic after leaving Ibrox.

Johansson also had a loan period at Norwich City before a two-year spell at Malmo in Sweden.

He returned to Scotland for brief spells with Hibernian and St Johnstone before winding down his playing career at one of his former clubs, TPS, back in Finland.

As a coach, Johansson worked with Greenock Morton's reserves before joining Motherwell and coaching their under-20 side.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic32293085206590
2Aberdeen32204861273464
3Rangers321510746341255
4St Johnstone32147114338549
5Hearts32128125143844
6Partick Thistle321011113536-141
7Kilmarnock32713123049-1934
8Ross County32711143552-1732
9Dundee3286183351-1830
10Hamilton32514132848-2029
11Motherwell3278173459-2529
12Inverness CT32413153458-2425
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