By Wayne Veysey

8th Apr, 2017 | 10:36am

Caixinha destroys Warburton: His Rangers signings failed to narrow gap on Celtic

By Alex Stevens

Pedro Caixinha has accused Mark Warburton of failing to close the gap on Celtic because he could not dredge more from his Rangers signings.

The newly-appointed Ibrox manager agrees with chairman Dave King that the investment in the playing squad on new signings last summer warranted a top-two finish.

Rangers are almost certain to limp home no higher than in third place as they prepare for Sunday’s Scottish Premiership showdown against Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

Derek McInnes’ side have made their home ground a fortress and are 12 points clear of Caixinha’s new men on the back of a five-match winning streak in the league and Scottish Cup.

Reminded of King’s expectation that Rangers would finish second only to Celtic, Caixinha agreed and pointed out how Warburton, without naming his predecessor, could have got more from the players at his disposal.

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“The chairman told me the same thing. I totally agree with him, especially regarding the history and tradition of this club and also in terms of the investment made at the beginning of the season,” the Portugese said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“If there is a direct link between investment and the position in the table then I should say definitely yes, we should be splitting Celtic and Aberdeen.

“But in football there are sometimes things you can’t control. I cannot say what happened before our arrival because I didn’t watch all of the games.

“I know the situation now and I know the players have the potential but it is maybe inside of them and they haven’t expressed it to the level they can. I always believe in my players and I will always say they are the best and we have the best squad.”

With only seven games left of the league campaign, Caixinha has already labelled the match a must-win if his side are to overhaul Aberdeen, whose investment in new players has not come close to matching Rangers in the last two windows.

But the likes of big-earning Joey Barton, Niko Kranjcar and Philippe Senderos all flopped as the Warburton struggled to make an impact on the team’s return to the top flight.

Caixinha’s third-placed side have drawn twice in a row, accumulating five points out of a possible nine from the manager’s three matches at the helm.

In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.

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