By Amir Mir

Ian Ferguson has slammed Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha for thinking his side have the best squad in Scotland considering their points gap with Celtic this season.

Former Scotland midfielder Ferguson believes the comments made by the Portuguese in March were not needed.

Caixinha, who was named manager of the Glasgow club last month, stated that he had inherited the best squad in the country.

The Gers take on their Old Firm rivals in the Scottish Cup semi-final on Sunday afternoon, looking to win their first match of the campaign against Brendan Rodgers team.

Celtic, who were crowned SPL champions in early April, are 33 points ahead of third-placed Rangers in the table.

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Their former midfielder, Ferguson was clearly unhappy at Caixinha’s comments in March as he backed him to learn from his mistakes.

“You see things and you read things and the manager has been coming away with some comments that, I don’t think, were needed,” Ferguson told the Evening Times.

“We should be keeping a low key at the moment rather than coming out saying we have the strongest squad and things like that.

“He will obviously be educated on it all because people will pick up on everything that he says. He has got to be mindful and careful of what he says and how he says it.

“Some of it will be tongue and cheek but saying you have the best squad doesn’t sit well when you are nearly 40 points behind Celtic. I am sure he will get used to it.”

The Old Firm duo are set to meet at Hampden for a fifth time this season, with Celtic winning three encounters as the most recent fixture ended in a draw at Parkhead.

Caixinha was in the stands when the Gers snatched a late draw against their rivals as he will now taste his first Glasgow derby from the dugout.

There will be no respite for the Portuguese, who will take on Rodgers team on April 29 once again, this time in a Scottish Premiership clash at Ibrox with bragging rights once again up for grabs.

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