'You are trying to use me as a clown' - Caixinha makes bold Rangers claim
By James Black
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha as insisted he is focused on the job at hand at Ibrox – before boldly claiming the Gers were already in a better place than when he took charge six months ago.
The Portuguese manager has been in the Ibrox hotseat for six months after moving from Qatari side Al-Gharafa in March and is confident that he has improved the club in his short tenure.
A massive overaul of the playing and coaching staff has seen 12 players shipped out over the summer, with another 11 joining the 54-times Scottish champions.
Speaking at his media conference ahead of Friday’s trip to face Hamilton, Caixinha launced a broadside at the Scottish media before insisting he had improved the club already.
“It’s something I need to be focused on and concerned about, but that’s my job, that’s part of football,” Caixinha said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun website.
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“That’s not part of the circus we are facing here and you are trying to use me as a clown, and I’m not going to allow it.
“I feel like sometimes we live in a circus, and they want me to be the fish in the goldfish bowl. But I am not taking part in that.
“I will tell you one thing, it doesn’t matter what people say or what people write, I will be totally focused on my job.
“If I leave tomorrow, Rangers will be better than it was when I arrived.
“If I leave in ten years’ time, we will be in a totally different position.
“That is what I am focused on. No distractions at all.”
So far this season, the Light Blues have failed to win four of their seven games in the Scottish Premiership as they have slipped eight points behind leaders Celtic.
Defeat to Neil Lennon’s Hibs and a draw with Hearts have left the Gers’ title ambitions hanging by a thread.
While Caixinha may feel he has improved Rangers, many fans feel differently and only a solid run on wins is likely to change that any time soon.