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12th May, 2017 | 7:16pm

Barry Ferguson fires stark warning to Caixinha, he cannot afford to let this happen at Rangers this summer

By Matt Farr

Rangers favourite Barry Ferguson has issued a stark warning to Pedro Caixinha not to alienate his players ahead of next season.

The Portuguese has already set his plans in motion for a summer overhaul of the first-team squad, having told a number of senior players they are surplus to requirements at the club.

Discussions are expected to continue over the coming weeks with the remainder of Rangers first-team contingent, but Ferguson has advised Caixinha not to go too overboard with the number of departures.

Caixinha has inherited a well below-par squad from his predecessor Mark Warburton, but Ferguson does not believe that he will be able to completely wipe clean the slate.

In his column for the Record, he said: “What worries me, is the relationship between the manager and the players because it feels a little bit if he’s going to war with them and I’m not sure that’s a great idea.

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“He may well want to clear a lot of them out and bring in his own signings but he needs to be realistic about what he can achieve in the transfer market this summer.

“If he thinks he can ship 12 players out and bring another 12 in during June then he’s got another thing coming. So like it or not, he’s going to have to rely on some of the players who are still in that dressing room.”

To refine his point, Ferguson drew particular attention to Caixinha’s decision to axe Clint Hill, who has been one of the leading figures in the Rangers dressing room this term.

The 38-year-old defender has proven that despite his advancing years he can be a key asset to the club, but Caixinha does not view him as part of his plans for next season, which could cause a stir within the Ibrox camp.

However, Ferguson did admit that the Rangers chief was right to lay down the law at the Scottish club.

In other Rangers news, this Ibrox first-teamer has admitted he has not yet spoken to Caixinha about his role at the club next season.

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