BBC commentator delivers verdict on Caixinha after Sutton row
By Abigail Withey
Football commentator Rob Maclean believes that Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha needs “more time to prove himself” to his critics and fans after a somewhat disappointing start to the season.
Rangers looked promising during pre-season as the squad had gelled well together and looked confident, but after the Light Blues’ win against Motherwell in the opening weekend of the Premiership their campaign went a little downhill.
The club lost to newly promoted Hibernian in during the second weekend before their goalless draw against Hearts which attracted scrutiny in the media and a chorus of booing from fans.
However, Maclean, speaking in the wake of the live row between Caixinha and pundit Chris Sutton on BT Sport on Sunday evening, believes that the Portugese is under a lot of pressure and it is too early to write the Rangers manager off.
“I think he deserves more time to prove himself than his critics seem willing to allow the under-pressure gaffer,” he wrote on BBC Sport.
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“There was a flurry of summer signings and some of those new players have made only cameo appearances so far. Others need a longer run of games to try to prove they’re the real deal.
“Only when all his acquisitions have been tried and tested will we know if Caixinha is the right man for Rangers.”
The manager, who was appointed as the Ibrox boss in March on a three-year-deal, has made a number of changes at the club in the hope of putting his stamp on the Light Blues.
Over the summer transfer window Caixinha has signed eight new players, two of which scored the goals to secure the Gers their victory at the weekend.
Alfredo Morelos knocked in two goals during the first half against Ross County while Eduardo Herrera scored in the closing minutes of the game to secure them the win.
Now the club to ahead to their clash against Dundee United after the international break.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha also dropped a big Gers transfer hint after the win against Ross County.