Former Rangers left-back Arthur Numan has criticised the signing policy Pedro Caixinha had at Ibrox, and has praised the recent drive by Graeme Murty to sign players who have played in Scotland.
Numan believes that the move to Scotland would have been a culture shock for the likes of Carlos Pena, who has already left the Light Blues to move to Mexico and other players such as Dalcio and Eduardo Herrara who have struggled to fit in at Ibrox.
“Some of the signings Pedro Caixinha made such as the Portuguese and South American players, I had the feeling they didn’t know what to expect in Scotland,” Numan said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“It was the same when I came in 1998. It is a completely different style. The opposition play at 100 miles per hour and, unlike in Holland, you don’t have time to control the ball and look around.
“I remember the first time I tried that, I was knocked flat in Scotland! Rangers need players who know about Scottish football and that is what we are seeing in this window.”
The Gers have signed Jamie Murphy and Jason Cummings on loan-deals in January, both players with experience of playing in Scotland, and have been linked with the likes of Hamilton’s Greg Docherty and Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones as they look to build a spine of players who have played in Scotland.
The Light Blues return to action after their winter break trip to Florida on Sunday, when they begin their Scottish Cup campaign with an away trip to non-league Fraserburgh.
This is then followed by a match against Aberdeen at Ibrox on the 24th of January, a game which could have huge implications on the battle for second place in the Scottish Premiership table.
In other Rangers news, Jason Cummings is looking forward to his first Old Firm game