IT is good to talk. For Pedro Caixinha and Dave King, it is imperative.
There were some eyebrows raised when the Rangers manager revealed during his unveiling press conference that he had been appointed without speaking to his new chairman.
But the South Africa-based businessman was seemingly content to take a back seat while Graeme Park, Stewart Robertson and Andrew Dickson drove the search for Mark Warburton’s replacement.
It was not crucial that King and Caixinha spoke before the Portuguese was presented as the club’s 16th manager. The relationship must be better than the one King had with the last man in the hot seat, though.
The lines of communication between Johannesburg and Glasgow broke down long before Warburton’s departure from Ibrox and that is a situation that both King and Caixinha will surely want to avoid a repeat of.
The 46-year-old doesn’t need to be on the phone every day, but it is important that he and his chairman find common ground, especially given the fact that King and his fellow investors will have to stump up in the summer transfer window.
It will be Robertson, the Managing Director, and the Director of Football, whoever that successful candidate ends up being, that Caixinha will deal with on a daily basis.
While Robertson and the next chief in the door run Rangers as a business and a football club, their biggest shareholder has his own interests to look after. But King still has a major voice at Ibrox and it is one that his manager will want to hear from time to time.
There is no doubt that the appointment of Caixinha is a gamble by Rangers. At a time when it appeared that they couldn’t afford to take a risk, they have rolled the dice and landed on the former Al-Gharafa boss.
He will know himself that he has doubters to win over. If he is to do just that, he needs King’s help.
Caixinha has inherited a team that is third in the Premiership but a squad that is capable of better and the Ibrox board will hope that a new voice, fresh tactical approach and change of style will wring some much-needed improvement out of players who have underperformed for much of the season.
Caixinha will undoubtedly want to do his own wheeling and dealing in the transfer market but his coaching capabilities are just as important as his eye for a player or ability to do a deal.
The Light Blue legions only need to look across Glasgow to see the impact that a new manager can make and the first task that Caixinha has is to show that he can improve what he has at his disposal.
Caixinha may not be able to pull off a similar trick to the same extent, but if his time on the training pitch proves productive then the turnover of players during the close season need not be as extensive as many initially thought.
There is, of course, another side to the improvement that Celtic have shown this season and that comes down to the way that Rodgers recruited last summer.
The outlays on Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair may be, in Scottish terms at least, significant, but Celtic struck gold by bringing the pair to Parkhead. With less money to spend, Caixinha must find players who can make just as big an impact at Ibrox.
As Warburton often pointed out, you live and die by your signing policy. Rangers’ business over the last twelve months helped kill off the Englishman’s Ibrox dreams and the Light Blues can’t afford to get the next wave of arrivals wrong.
The topic of investment is always a hot one where Rangers are concerned but their problems will not be solved by simply throwing money at them.
Caixinha will be backed and players will arrive, and leave, as the Gers prepare for another crack at the Premiership and, they hope, a return to Europa League action.
How much he gets to spend is down to King. Yet again at Ibrox, money will talk.