Danny Wilson blasts Caixinha for 'criminal' Rangers mistake against Celtic
Former Rangers defender Danny Wilson has branded Pedro Caixinha’s tactics in last season’s 5-1 Old Firm defeat to Celtic as “criminal” – but admits he respects Caixinha for doing it has way.
The Gers switched their midfield for the April visit to Ibrox to a diamond and Wilson believes the decision played right into Celtic’s hands by giving the likes of Patrick Roberts and Scott Sinclair acres of space to play in.
Wilson played alongside Clint Hill at the heart of defence in the 5-1 defeat before falling out of the side when Caixinha brought in Fabio Cardoso and Bruno Alves last summer.
The 26-year-old revealed he has never watched the game back and feared the scoreline could have been much greater.
“The 5-1 at Ibrox should never have happened. It was early in Pedro’s reign. For some reason in that game we decided to go with a diamond. We’d worked on it in training and the idea was we played narrow in the middle and showed Celtic the outside,” Wilson said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“But that was criminal, considering they had Tierney and Sinclair on one side and Patrick Roberts on the other. You just don’t show the ball to their best players. I’ve never watched the game back — I don’t think I ever could.
“I just remember it being a blur and going back in at half-time thinking: ‘We should be seven or eight-nil down here’.
“But I can at least have a respect for Caixinha because very early on he made it perfectly clear he was going to do it his way and with his players.”
Wilson left the Gers last month to sign for MLS side Colorado Rapids after his Ibrox contract entered the final few months.
After making the breakthrough at Ibrox as a 17-year-old, Wilson joined Liverpool in 2010 but failed to make the grade at Anfield and returned to Scottish football with Hearts in 2013 – helping Hearts win promotion back to the Scottish Premiership.
Wilson rejoined Rangers in 2015 – winning a second successive Scottish Championship – under Mark Warburton but fell out of favour under Caixinha before enjoying a brief revival following Caixinha’s sacking in October.
The former Scotland international made 108 appearances for the Light Blues over hit two spells and lifted the Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup.
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