Rangers

By Guy Giles

Former Rangers director of football Gordon Smith has slammed the Rangers board for their decision to hire Pedro Caixinha, and praised interim boss Graeme Murty for buying the club time in their manager hunt.

Smith has spoken out about the club’s ongoing search for their next permanent boss, and said that the club are right in being patient as they look to recover from Caixinha’s disastrous tenure.

Speaking to the Sunday Post, Smith said: “What has helped the club greatly is the work of Graeme Murty. He has led the team to two victories and there’s a lot of positivity about him.

“The club won’t have any worry about leaving him in interim charge for another couple of matches. His presence has bought Rangers time.

“That’s so important because this appointment is one the club can’t afford to get wrong. Caixinha was an abject failure and the board can’t make another mistake like that.”

Eyebrows were raised when the Gers decided to appoint Caixinha to succeed Mark Warburton, with the Portuguese arriving from Al-Gharafa in Qatar on a three-year deal.

His reign as Rangers boss was a short one, lasting only 229 days, making him the shortest-serving boss in Ibrox history.

Caixinha made a raft of new signings in the summer, bringing in 11 players, including Portugal international Bruno Alves and Graham Dorrans from Norwich.

He went on to win 14 of his 26 games in charge, with the low points including a humbling 5-1 derby defeat to Celtic and a Europa League qualifying defeat to Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn.

In other Rangers news, this top-flight winger has dismissed any change of him signing for the Gers.

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