Rangers

By Danny Wright

Rangers legend Ally McCoist has slammed Pedro Caixinha for his comments made after his side’s loss to Motherwell in the Scottish League Cup semi-final on Sunday.

After defeat at Hampden Park, Caixinha originally blamed himself for the loss, but then later on he made the major claim that his players “embarrassed” him the 2-0 loss to the Steelmen.

Ex-Hearts player Michael Stewart labelled it as a “contradiction” after his remarks, but McCoist has blasted Caixinha for the way that he has called out his players.

Most of the Gers squad were players that Caixinha had signed in the summer as he overlooked a major overhaul of the first-team squad.

Signings of Carlos Pena, Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans are yet to really win over the fans while other of his recruits have been barely used in the starting line-up like Dalcio and Eduardo Herrera.

Now, McCoist is expecting to see a response from the players, something which he may witness when they return to Premiership action at Ibrox on Wednesday to take on Kilmarnock.

“He cannot absolve himself from responsibility,” said McCoist, as shown on BT Sport Football’s official Twitter account on Tuesday night.

“He has said the responsibility is his, what he’s done is publically criticise his players and the men he picks.

“Ultimately the responsibility is his because he picks the players, but he’s chosen to publically criticise them and now the interesting part starts to see the reaction.”

Caixinha has found himself under the most pressure he has been under since he joined Rangers in March when he took charge following Mark Warburton’s acrimonious exit.

Since then the Portuguese boss has lost every single Old Firm clash with Celtic, including a 5-1 hammering, been dumped out of the Europa League to minnows Progres and most recently failed to get to the Scottish League Cup final.

In other Rangers news, Kris Boyd tore into Caixinha after the defeat against Motherwell.

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