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28th Apr, 2017 | 9:01am

Caixinha goes into meltdown when defending Rangers ahead of Celtic clash

By Amir Mir

Pedro Caixinha has delivered a passionate rant when defending Rangers’ quality ahead of their clash against Celtic on Saturday afternoon at Ibrox.

The Portuguese, who claimed that he had the best squad in Scotland when he took over in March, has now stated that his team are “the best in the world”.

Caixinha was clearly defending the club from the board members to the players on the field as they have come in for some stick this season.

His team were beaten 2-0 by their Old Firm rivals last Sunday, which saw them get knocked out of the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.

They produced a poor display during that match as they are now set to meet at the weekend for a final time this season.

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Here was Caixinha ruthlessly backing his team as he seemingly went into meltdown and showed signs that he had been rattled.

“When I feel I am not being respected I’m not going to respect. I’m polite, I’m educated but I’m a f***””g tough guy,” Caixinha told the Daily Record.

“What I said is that when I’m defending my club – the way I’m defending Rangers now – they are the best club in the world. My board and my management are the best in the world so that also means that my players and my squad are the best in the world.

“I have explained this since the very beginning. They give the best in the world and they give the best in Scotland. Is it clear now?

“I also said from the beginning we need a strong youth level, squad level and also to bring in Scottish and international players.

“Do you want me to tell you names of the ones that are being told to get out and the ones that are coming in?”

Caixinha replaced Mark Warburton in the dugout after he left the club in February after struggling to meet the expectations of the supporters.

Rangers were and have been miles behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership this season added with the fact that their rivals are on course to win the domestic treble.

Ahead of their game at the weekend, the Gers are 33 points behind their Glasgow neighbours, who clinched the title in early April.

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