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Former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has blasted his old side after he was sacked seven months into a three-year contract – and insisted there’s a “huge difference” between the Gers and his new club, Cruz Azul.

Caixinha was sacked by the Ibrox giants on October 26th after suffering a number of embarrassing defeats before quickly finding a new job when he returned to Mexico to take charge of The Machine – as Cruz Azul are known by their fans.

The 47-year-old Portuguese admitted his time in Scotland had been “negative” before taking a shot at the Glasgow giants suggesting that he had a poor relationship with the players and board at Ibrox.

“Here is tremendously different from how it was at Rangers,” Caixinha said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun after a 1-0 friendly win against UAEM in his first game since being appointed by Cruz Azul.

“For example, I have a direct and close relationship with the president, with the sports director and an even closer relationship with my players.

“That makes it a huge difference from Glasgow.

“The organisation at this club is also not what I experienced in Scotland and also in Qatar.

“The president of this club is an exceptional man who has given me nothing but support and advice.

“My experiences in other countries like Scotland has helped me grow, even if it was a negative experience.”

Rangers are still searching for Caixinha’s long-term successor but have seen a noticeable improvement in results since sacking the former Santos Laguna boss.

Interim Gers boss Graeme Murty led the Light Blues to four consecutive wins before crashing to defeat against St. Johnstone on Saturday – Rangers’ best run of results in a full year.

The Ibrox giants currently sit third in the Scottish Premiership, three points behind Aberdeen and five behind leaders Celtic.

The 54-times Scottish champions travel to Celtic Park to face their bitter rivals on December 30th as they look for their first league win over the Hoops since March  2012.

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