JONATAN JOHANSSON says that being one of the regular co-commentators on RangersTV this season helped him land the job as assistant coach.

The Finnish attacker has been one of the numerous commentators to pick up the microphone this season, with other contenders for the job Alex Rae, Kevin Thomson and Peter Lovenkrands all interviewed for the post.

Speaking in his first interview since landing the role within Pedro Caixinha’s technical staff, the 106 capped internationalist said that he added to his extensive knowledge of players in Scotland during his time working with Tom Miller and the RTV team.

He said: “That’s given me a chance to see opponents but also to see how we have been playing and the changes in the players.”

“Now getting to see them day in and day out will let me have an input in that, but certainly I’ve watched a lot of Rangers games over the seasons.”

Johansson has previously worked as manager of the successful Motherwell Academy under-20 side and has a breadth of knowledge and experience of youth football within Scotland.

When asked about the youth side at the Light Blues which has seen Myles Beerman and David Bates play for the first team in recent matches, Johansson was very positive.

He continued: “There’s great potential there. Reaching the Youth Cup final again is a great game against Celtic later this month and the way they have progressed under Graeme Murty has been great,

“It’s very important that the link is there and the move from being a youth team player to a first team player is smooth and made as easy and comfortable for the players as possible.

“The cooperation there is important and being this close on the training ground helps with that, because we’re all in close contact with Craig Mulholland and the academy.”

Johansson watched the match against Aberdeen from Finland at the weekend and whilst he was impressed with the result, he said that it’s now time to focus on the next match and the challenge of winning three points against Partick Thistle this weekend.

He said: “It’s always great to win but it’s important to analyse the Aberdeen game and then move forward.

“The Partick Thistle game now is the most important one for the club and they are on a fantastic run as well and they reached the top six for the first time, so it’s a tough game and one we need to be prepared for.”

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