Alex McLeish: This is what Rangers boss Caixinha has to do to close Celtic gap
By Harvey Byrne
Former boss Alex McLeish has told how current manager Pedro Caixinha needs to make big changes in the summer in order to compete with Celtic once again.
The Gers are in their first season in the Scottish top-flight after suffering demotion in 2012 following administration.
In their four-year absence Celtic have been able to establish their dominance over the Scottish football pyramid and they currently sit a massive 33 points above rivals Rangers after 33 matches.
This is considered unacceptable for many associated with the Ibrox giants and ex-manager McLeish feels that Caixinha needs to bring in players that are of a “stature” that will enable to compete with the Hoops at the top of the table once again.
“People will say that they had more money to spend than Aberdeen yes, but it still takes time for people to integrate into the team and settle into the demands of playing for Rangers,” told McLeish to Wednesday morning’s Premier League Daily show on Sky Sports News.
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“A lot of players can’t cope with that and I really believe Caixinha has to change a lot in the summer.
“He has to make big changes, to get a players of a stature that are able to go head to head with Celtic.”
Old boss Mark Warburton brought in a massive 11 players on permanent deals last summer as the club returned to the Premiership.
However, a lot of those signings were from smaller clubs, such as Josh Windass from Accrington Stanley and Joe Garner from Preston and have struggled.
Meanwhile, the experienced men who joined such as Joey Barton, Matt Gilks, Niko Kranjcar and Philippe Senderos have all also failed to make an impact at Rangers, meaning Caixinha could have a difficult summer ahead of him as he attempts to find the right personnel for his team.
In other Rangers news, an 18-year-old has revealed that he wants to be pushing for the first team next season.