By Danny Wright
Harry Redknapp believes that Pedro Caixinha is taking “a big gamble” with his transfer business at Rangers this summer.
The Light Blues have already confirmed five new signings, with more expected to follow in the coming days as they gear up for their Europa League campaign which kicks off in less than two weeks.
Most of the players linked to Ibrox, or who Caixinha has already bought, are either Portuguese or Mexican, and Redknapp thinks that it’s a very risky recruitment drive by the Gers boss which won’t see his side improve that much.
“Rangers have got to try and close the gap with Celtic,” said the Birmingham manager, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“But I’m not sure that’s going to happen for a while.
“Their manager’s bringing in mainly Portuguese and Mexican players. Unless they’re very good it’s going to be hard for them to challenge Celtic.
“I think it’s a big gamble to sign the players they are bringing in, unless of course they are players that he knows very well, knows exactly what they will bring to Rangers.”
Bruno Alves, Ryan Jack, Dalcio, Fabio Cardoso and Daniel Candeias have all agreed to move to Rangers, with HJK striker Alfredo Morelos recently changing his social media information to say he also plays for the Light Blues.
Caixinha will arguably have more knowledge of his native Portugal and Mexico, where he spent two years in charge of top-tier side Santos Laguna, who have ties with Celtic.
Redknapp has also suggested that he isn’t overly impressed with Caixinha’s appointment and thinks that Gers could have been better off with a British boss.
“Every time you see an appointment now it’s from Germany or somewhere. It doesn’t seem to be from Britain, that bothers me,” he added.
“Surely, there are boys in Scotland who could have got a chance at Rangers?”
Rangers finished third in the Scottish Premiership last season but suffered some mid-season turmoil as Mark Warburton left the club in acrimonious circumstances in February.
Caixinha was announced as his successor after a long-winded search for a new boss.
In other Rangers news, Kenny Miller has issued a warning to the new recruits.