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19th May, 2017 | 11:06am

Ferguson delivers verdict on Rangers chief Caixinha after rival comments

By Matt Farr

Barry Ferguson has criticised Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha after his comments about Aberdeen earlier this week.

Caixinha had been locked in a war of words with his Aberdeen counterpart Derek McInnes ahead of the clash between the two sides on Wednesday night, where Aberdeen ran out 2-1 winners.

The defeat left Rangers set for a third-placed finish in the Scottish Premiership this season, but Ferguson believes Caixinha shot himself in the foot with his criticism of McInnes and his side.

The Portuguese ruffled feathers in the Aberdeen camp ahead of the game by claiming the Dons were nearing the ‘end of their cycle’, whilst claiming his own Rangers side were ‘on the way up.’

However, Rangers icon Ferguson believes he gave McInnes his team talk for the clash on Wednesday night, and urged him to learn from his ‘important lesson.’

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In his column for the Daily Record, he said: “On this occasion, Pedro’s pre-match comments have backfired spectacularly. Pedro will probably need to learn an important lesson from this.

“He effectively wrote Aberdeen’s team talk for Derek, and there’s no doubt in my mind those players came down the road with a serious bee in their bonnet, looking to ram his words down his throat.

“I’m struggling to see what good Pedro thought would come of his comments. It had been 26 years since Aberdeen last won at Ibrox and I couldn’t see the point in giving them even more motivation.”

The defeat for Rangers was their ninth of their Scottish Premiership campaign this season, and the third in all competitions since the start of Caixinha’s tenure.

The new Rangers chief has been very open and willing to make comments about his opponents, but with the club struggling to compete with their rivals this season, people have questioned his approach.

Current Hibernian manager and Celtic legend Neil Lennon, meanwhile, has also criticised Caixinha for his attack on Aberdeen, insisting he is an ‘average’ manager who has failed to improve the club.

He replaced Mark Warburton in the Ibrox dugout in March with Rangers in third, but has failed to close the gap on second-placed Aberdeen ahead of the final match against St. Johnstone on Sunday.

In other Rangers news, Dave King has sent a passionate message to the fans ahead of the season finale.

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