Pedro Caixinha taking over from Mark Warburton at Rangers has always seemed a strange one. A very strange one.

Quite how, why, where and when the whole idea started is unknown, but Rangers’ reported attempts to get Caixinha to Ibrox are either a work of random, or well researched, genius, or an agent bringing something unlikely together.

Around a week ago there were claims that Caixinha wanted to be in charge of Rangers at the beginning of this week, confident his current club Al-Gharafa would let him go without too much of a fight.

That clearly didn’t happened and Caixinha was in charge of Al-Gharafa as they lost 3-2 at home to Al-Sailiya on Thursday. After the match Caixinha spoke to the media and was asked about claims he’s in talks to move to the Scottish Premiership and take over at Rangers.

Al-Gharafa have published the following statement: ‘Pedro Caixinha denied the existence of negotiations with him to take over the responsibility of training the team Glasgow Rangers, stressing that he has a contract with Al-Gharafa and there’s no truth at all to it.’

Of course, it could simply be manager and club trying to put on a public face, with very different things happening in private. But, as far as Al-Gharafa are concerned, they want to get a message out that talk of Pedro Caixinha going to Rangers is nonsense.