BBC pundit tears into Rangers senior man, points out diabolical performance
By Harvey Byrne
Former striker and current BBC pundit Steven Thompson has torn into Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha, stating it’s hard to pick positives from his time in charge so far.
The Portuguese boss was appointed as the manager of the Ibrox giants in March following the departure of Mark Warburton in February.
He was a bit of a left field choice by the Gers board with 46-year-old having no history of Scottish football, while he was acquired from Qatari club Al-Gharafa Sports Club.
Caixinha has since led Rangers to four victories, two draws and two losses in his eight matches in charge and the club have slipped further behind second placed Aberdeen.
Now, ex-Gers man Thompson has ripped into the way Caixinha has got the team playing, especially against Partick Thistle last week despite the victory and he went as far as to label the first 80 minutes as “diabolical”.
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However, he did also admit that the manager was telling Warburton’s players how to play and stated that it’s now a big summer for Caixinha.
“On the flip side of that, they’re (Hearts) going to play Rangers, I’m finding it hard to pick positives from Caixinha’s regime so far really,” told Thompson to the BBC Sport Scotland Faceook page after talking talking about Ian Cathro’s woes in charge at Hearts.
“Especially in the last three performances. The two ones against Celtic were laughable really and then last week against Partick. Alright, you’ve got to give them credit for the comeback in the last 10 minutes, but up until then, 80 or whatever minutes they were diabolical.
“They were terrible. They had no identity. You talk about Mark Warburton last year, popping the ball about. The passing game. Overplaying at times. Last week, Rangers were just putting it. Putting it up to Garner and trying to play second balls. That’s not the way Rangers should be playing.
“Both (Cathro and Caixinha) have a lot to prove and I think they’re both in the same boat. Get to the end of the season. Caixinha is playing with players now that aren’t his. They’re Mark Warburton’s. We’ve talked about that. The recruitment was flawed. It’s now about Caixinha getting into the summer and trying to bring new players in.”
Rangers were able to bring in 11 players on permanent deals last summer, but many have struggled to make an impact at the club, while some have even already left.
Fans will now be hoping for Caixinha to bring success to the famous club once more, but first they must close the 36-point gap with fierce rivals Celtic.