By Danny Wright
Pedro Caixinha has ripped into some of the Rangers players for deliberately failing to follow tactical instructions in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final loss to Celtic, according to a report.
The Daily Record claims that the Portuguese manager made the astonishing accusation after the 2-0 loss to Celtic, when his squad were berated by both fans and pundits for a dismal display.
Caixinha has been reported as saying that he got the gameplan right for the match, but players didn’t follow his instructions.
The Record reports that the 46-year-old has also been forced to make a u-turn on his controversial plans to force his players back to pre-season training on June 1, after a rift began to emerge behind the scenes.
His original plans would have meant that the Gers squad would have been left with a short nine-day summer break.
It is reported that first-team players Lee Wallace and Joe Garner have been forced to rearrange their wedding plans and one member of staff has complained to the club’s human resources department.
The Daily Record reports that on Wednesday night, Caixinha decided to add four days to their end-of-season breaks.
A Daily Record source has been quoted as saying: “It’s been a stormy few days that’s for sure. Most of the guys had already got their holidays booked up for after the Scottish Cup Final on May 27.
“Let’s just say there have been a great deal of unhappy faces around the place and that includes the manager after Sunday’s performance.”
Talking to Rangers TV, Caixinha said: “It does worry me a little that the aggression was missing on Sunday – I wanted it from the very beginning.
“It is an Old Firm game we need to feel shame about because we didn’t perform.”
After a season which has ended in abject disappointment for Rangers, this is a worrying development for fans.
The only small success the fans can look forward to now is thwarting Celtic’s undefeated domestic season, when the face for the last time this season on Saturday.
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