Former Rangers manager Alex McLeish has claimed that Pedro Caixinha’s signing policy was always going to lead to his downfall at Ibrox.
The Portuguese boss lost his position as Gers manager in October following a 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock.
McLeish believes that current manager Graeme Murty policy of buying British players has a much greater chance of bringing success to Ibrox.
“When I saw Pedro Caixinha bringing in all the foreign guys and the unknowns, I thought that it was going to end in tears. I was absolutely correct, because I’ve got all that experience” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“I think Graeme Murty has done some good business in terms of his transfer dealings, particularly in getting guys from the British game as opposed to unknown foreigners. That is pretty key for Rangers.
“I really do think that he is geared up really well. He has used a lot of common sense in terms of his acquisitions.”
Carlos Pena is the first of Caixinha’s signings to depart Ibrox, with the midfielder moving to Cruz Azul on a year’s loan.
Murty has brought in four loan signings so far – Sean Goss, Jamie Murphy, Jason Cummings and Russell Martin – all of whom plied their trade in England and in the case of Murphy and Cummings have previous experience of playing in Scotland.
The Gers return to action for the first time in almost a month when they take on Aberdeen at Ibrox on Wednesday night.
The match is of vital importance in the battle for second place in the Scottish Premiership, as the Light Blues go into the game three points behind the Dons but can overtake them on goal difference with a win.
The game could see competitive debuts for the quartet of new signings brought in by Graeme Murty during the January transfer window so far.
In other Rangers news, Graeme Murty believes that Derek McInnes will get ‘respect’ from fans at the game