Mancini delivers verdict on Rangers boss Caixinha, shares what will be hell for Celtic
By Alex Stevens
Roberto Mancini has delivered a ringing endorsement of new Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha.
The Italy all-time great, who steered Manchester City to the Premier League title and has won two Serie A titles with Inter Milan, revealed he is an admirer of the Portugese.
Mancini, 52, explained why it was completely logical for the Rangers board to appoint little-known Portugese Caixinha.
“I think in England the titles are almost always won by foreign coaches now so you can see why the appointments are made,” said Mancini to the Sunday Post.
“Certainly, it takes a little while to understand the British game and also the lifestyle of the players, their diet and so on. But then the quality comes out.
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“I think Caixinha is a good coach, with strong experience due to the fact he has worked in several different countries: Portugal, Mexico, Qatar, Greece and Romania.”
Mancini, who has been out of work since leaving Inter last year, demonstrated a sound knowledge of Scottish football as he outlined how Caixinha can immediately win over the Ibrox faithful.
“Straight away he has a great chance to make an impact by winning the Scottish Cup,” said the Italian to the Sunday Post.
“The derby with Celtic will be hell, but if he can get to the final and win it he will become a hero.
“Of course, though, I am Italian not Portuguese and I believe it is my country which produces the greatest tacticians.”
Mancini was in charge of Inter when they secured a memorable 3-3 Europa League draw against Celtic at Parkhead in 2015.
He admitted he is in awe of the support of Celtic and Rangers, and would be interested in managing them if they count assemble a squad capable of competing in the Champions League.
Caixinha was appointed the new Ibrox manager last week and the club intend to have a new director of football in place by the summer.
The Light Blues are 33 points adrift of the Scottish league leaders Celtic, who are closing in on a sixth consecutive title.
In other Rangers news, one of the club’s midfielders has agreed the terms of a mammoth new deal.