Chris Sutton: From old bangers under Warburton to Rolls Royces, these two Rangers players have impressed me
By Alex Stevens
Chris Sutton has claimed in the Daily Record that Pedro Caixinha was “miles off” by claiming Rangers have the best squad in Scotland.
The Celtic legend insists that Rangers fans should not be fooled by the rhetoric from the Portugese, who has talked up the players he has inherited from former Ibrox manager Mark Warburton.
But Sutton recognises that Caixinha has made an impact since taking the reigns and securing three wins and two draws from his opening five matches at the helm.
“It’s fundamentally the same group of players.,” Sutton told the Record. “Rangers were like an unreliable old banger under Mark Warburton.
“Pedro has come in and serviced it, spray painted it and put a Rolls Royce badge on it.
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“It is looking good and making all the right noises with Pedro as the driver but it is still an old banger and could start falling apart in the coming weeks or early next season.
“It may have a last hurrah against Celtic. But this Rangers squad needs a summer overhaul to keep up to speed with Celtic.”
Sutton was a big critic of Rangers’ playing style under Warburton and the former manager’s unwillingess to find a Plan B when Plan A was not working.
He has noted how the team have been more direct under Caixinha, and tougher to beat, as they benefit from the new manager bounce.
Two players who have impressed Sutton are defensive rookies David Bates and Myles Beerman, who have each started the last three matches after being fast-tracked following an injury-crisis.
“Young Myles Beerman and David Bates have done well but an Old Firm semi-final is a different deal altogether and the likes of Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair and James Forrest could make the afternoon an absolute nightmare,” added Sutton to the Record.
The Hoops are eyeing the domestic treble and will move one step closer if they can beat bitter rivals Rangers in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden.