By James Black
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has only just told his foreign stars that their settling in period is over after the Gers’ poor start to the season, according to a report.
The Gers have only managed to win one game at home in the league so far this season and Rangers Observer reports that the Portuguese boss left his squad under no illusions of what is expected of them over the rest of the campaign.
The Rangers fan site has broken several stories over the last few months and their sources claim that Caixinha oddly informed players during a meeting at Rangers’ Auchenhowie training ground that the settling in process for should be completed now – three months into their season – and that both the foreign and domestic stars should be doing everything they can to support their teammates.
With players from Mexico, Colombia and Portugal joining players from across the UK, Caixinha believes they should have fully integrated over the last few months and there’s no more room for mistakes.
The Gers brought in eleven players over the summer as part of Caixinha’s rebuild of his Ibrox squad and results so far leave the Glasgow giants sitting fifth in the league.
Home defeats to Celtic and Hibernian, coupled with an Ibrox draw against Hearts, have the Gers trailing Celtic by eight points as they attempt to stop their bitter rivals from winning a seventh consecutive Scottish title.
The Gers face a Scottish League Cup semi-final against Motherwell next month at Hampden and Caixinha wants his side to rectify the issues which have plagued the side so far this season.
Inconsistent performances from key players and a fanbase rapidly losing confidence in Caixinha’s ability have heaped pressure on the Rangers boss however, the report states Caixinha’s message was well received by the squad ahead of Friday’s trip to face Hamilton in the Scottish Premiership.
The next six weeks will be absolutely crucial for Caixinha’s long-term ambitions at Ibrox and the former Santos Laguna manager will be keen to make sure his players take the message on board.
In other Rangers news, Scott Brown has taken a big swipe at Pedro Caixinha after the Old Firm derby.