Caixinha must solve problem area: Three things we learned about Rangers in loss to Celtic
By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Rangers’ 1-1 draw against Old Firm rivals Celtic at Parkhead on Sunday afternoon.
Caixinha must sign a new central defender
Clint Hill was out of place, despite his late goal. At 38 years of age, the former QPR stopper has lost more than a yard of pace and going up against French wonderkid Moussa Dembele was always a recipe for disaster. Although Dembele failed to add to his Old Firm tally of five goals in three games, he strolled in behind Hill on numerous occasions and incoming boss Pedro Caixinha must bring in a top-class centre-back in the summer to boost the Gers defence, as they look to launch a title challenge next season. A hero at the end, but Hill’s ever-growing age is a concern that needs to be addressed by Caixinha.
Is Murty unlucky to be overlooked as manager?
The interim boss has seemed to install a confidence in the Gers players that was not evident during Mark Warburton’s reign. His side kept the likes of Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair and James Forrest quiet throughout the Old Firm derby, and are just the second team all season to take points off Celtic. The Gers have beaten St. Johnstone and Hamilton in the last three games as Murty’s tactics begin to kick in, with many of the squad saying they have enjoyed his time as boss. So, Murty arguably deserved a shot at the job instead of Caixinha.
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Miller deserves new deal
The veteran’s current deal expires in just over two months at the end of May, but has continued to prove to the Gers that he remains a key player. He looked classy on Sunday against former side Celtic, too, as he looked to link the midfield and the defence. The 70-time Scotland international provided the majority of Rangers’ attacking threat, often popping up free in the middle of the park after losing his marker. Against a side that are in much better form and boasting a lot more quality, though, it was always going to be hard for Miller to do something meaningful. However, his display was enough to suggest that another 12 months at Ibrox would be a top bit of business from the Gers.
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