Caixinha makes bold claim about Old Firm derby, shares verdict on Rangers/Celtic gap
By Matt Bullin
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has claimed that if he did not believe that his side could beat Celtic, he would resign.
Caixinha’s Gers take on Celtic this Saturday at Ibrox, just a week after the Hoops knocked them out of the Scottish Cup at the semi-finals stage.
Goals from Callum McGregor and Scott Sinclair were enough for Celtic to beat the Gers last time out and see them progress into the Scottish Cup final.
It’s a bold claim as the sides have met five times already this season – Celtic have won four of the ties, and there has been one draw.
Rangers will hope to claim their first victory over the Bhoys this season when they welcome them to Ibrox on Saturday, and Caixinha has insisted that his side believe they can win the match.
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Speaking to the Daily Record, Caixinha said: “If there’s wasn’t [belief in the squad] I would not be here facing you.
“If I don’t believe that I can do these things, I’m not going to show up. I would just resign and go home.”
The Portuguese manager also vowed to close the gap between the two Glasgow giants.
He said: “[A gap] exists, I can’t deny it. But we are working to reduce it and we are going to do it. It is not a question of time. This is a question of work, belief and commitment.”
Last time the sides faced each other in the league the Gers earned a hard fought point at Celtic Park.
However the time before that, and the last time the sides met at Ibrox, they slipped to a 2-1 defeat, as the Hoops escaped with all three points.
Caixinha and the Ibrox faithful will hope that it is sixth time lucky for their side this weekend as they chase their first win over Celtic this season.
In other Rangers news, Jason Holt admitted there was only one positive to take from Rangers semi-final defeat.