'I need to be abrupt' - Caixinha hits out after being asked about Rangers senior player
By James Black
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has hit out at the media as his frustration showed when asked about Kenny Miller’s future at Ibrox on Friday.
Miller has missed both of Rangers’ last two games after being banished to the club’s Under-20 squad after reportedly leaking details of a team meeting to a newspaper.
The 37-year-old senior player has since returned to training with the first-team squad but hasn’t been involved on match day since the 2-0 Old Firm defeat by Celtic last month.
Miller’s Ibrox future is unclear although his agent likely wont have helped matters with a rant aimed at the Gers on his personal Instagram account earlier this week.
Caixinha tried to draw a line under the matter at his press conference on Friday afternoon after being asked if Miller would be part of his squad for the League Cup semi-final at Hampden on Sunday.
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“My thoughts about that is that I’ve been speaking about that for the last three weeks and now I’d just like to place a period on all those conversations,” Caixinha said, as quoted by the Evening Times website.
“Period. Period. Period. Period in Portuguese means ‘point finale’. It means finished, no more questions.
“It is [frustrating to still be discussing this] but I need to be polite in some moments and kind and respectful.
“In others I need to be abrupt and say it is time to place a period on this issue.”
A win on Sunday against Motherwell would leave Caixinha’s side only 90 minutes away from their first trophy since 2011 and would further ease some of the pressure on the former Santos Laguna manager.
With three-goal winning margins in both of their last two games since Miller was dropped, most Rangers fans would probably argue that the Light Blues look a better side without Miller.
A place in November’s final would only reinforce that view for many after a ropey start to life as Rangers boss for Caixinha.
Many had thought a bust-up with a senior, Scottish player would be the end of him at Ibrox, much like Paul le Guen before him, but it seems as though Caixinha’s fall-out with Miller has only strengthened his position as Rangers boss.
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