Rangers

By Richard Parks

Rangers have sacked manager Pedro Caixinha and three members of his backroom staff, according to a report.

BBC Sport claim on their website that Portugese Caixinha, his assistant Helder Baptista, and coaches Pedro Malta and Jose Belman all leave the club with immediate effect.

It is said that the decision to axe the quartet was made at a board meeting called in the wake of Rangers’ 1-1 Scottish Premiership defeat to Kilmarnock on Wednesday night.

Rangers currently sit fourth in the Premiership, eight points behind leaders Celtic, and were knocked out of the Scottish League Cup by Motherwell last weekend.

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The clearout has begun at Ibrox. Caixinha and his three assistants have been given their marching orders as yet another manager of the club fails to live up to the demands placed upon him. The Portugese’s record of 14 wins from 26 matches is reasonable enough, but his record in marquee matches has been wretched and he has paid the price for failing to maximise the talent, much of which he bought, at his disposal. Caixinha has also not helped himself by alienating senior players with his dictatorial style. It is unlikely he will be missed by too many of those in the dressing room.

In other Rangers news, Caixinha delivered a four-word response when asked about his job at Ibrox before Thursday’s report about his sacking.

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