By Amir Mir

Davie Provan has delivered a scathing assessment of Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha by claiming that he’ll be “surprised” if he is still in charge of the club next season.

Portuguese Caixinha officially took charge of the Gers after their 1-1 draw with Old Firm rivals Celtic in March.

He guided his team to a comfortable 4-0 win in his first match in charge, but two draws against Motherwell and Kilmarnock have followed suit.

Rangers are 12 points behind second-placed Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership table and they will travel to Pittodrie for a crucial clash on Sunday afternoon.

Ahead of that showdown, former Celtic midfielder Provan hit out at the Gers league position and issued this warning for their manager.

“If Pedro Caixinha is still in charge of Rangers this time next year I’ll be surprised,” Provan told the Scottish Sun. “The Portuguese coach is a bright guy but doesn’t have a clue what he’s taken on. The former matador would have been safer in the bull ring. He’ll do well to last a season.

“If he thinks he’s seen it all before, he’s dreaming. He’s in a city where the pressure is suffocating. Where the only constant is the unrealistic expectation of supporters. Fine, if he had a team fit for purpose — but this current Rangers side is rank rotten.

“Harsh? Not at all. The 12-point gap between Aberdeen and Gers is an embarrassment.”

It is highly likely that Caixinha will finish third with Rangers this season, but they have the slight chance of catching their rivals if they pick up three points on Sunday.

Furthermore, Caixinha also has the opportunity of lifting the Scottish Cup with a clash against Celtic coming up on April 23.

The winner of that encounter will take on either Hibernian or Aberdeen with the duo contesting the other semi-final match.

Until then, Caixinha will focus on the meeting against the Dons which will be followed by a home clash against Partick Thistle next Saturday.

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