Neil McCann delivers verdict on reported Rangers frontrunner: I'm a little worried
By Matt Farr
Rangers favourite Neil McCann does not believe that reported frontrunner Pedro Caixinha is the best choice for the Ibrox job.
Scottish news outlet STV claimed earlier this week that Caixinha had emerged as the frontrunner to replace Mark Warburton as Rangers manager, after making an impression in his interview.
It is believed that the Scottish club are now awaiting approval from their PLC board before offering him the vacant managerial position at Ibrox.
However, speaking live on Sky Sports 1’s coverage of Rangers’ clash with Hamilton on Saturday, McCann admitted that he was worried about the potential appointment.
“I don’t know a lot about him. I’m a little bit worried, I have to say. If he’s got a certain pedigree abroad, we’re going to be left with the same problems I believe, if he comes into this environment.
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“Now it took Mark [Warburton] a bit of time to get up to speed, and ultimately, I don’t think he dealt with that scrutiny and the level of expectation at Rangers. I think it got too much for him in the end.
“But if you bring someone else into the game in Scotland that probably doesn’t know the league or doesn’t know their environment, then what are Rangers fans going to get from the dugout?
“If he hasn’t got the money to spend, I’d imagine he’d go to his home country and bring those types of players into here. Are they going to get it? I think it’s a big risk.”
Caixinha, 46, is currently in charge of Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa Sports Club, having previously managed Mexico’s Santos Laguna, and Nacional of Portugal.
One of Caixinha’s former players, Marc Crosas meanwhile, spoke very highly of the Portuguese, admitting that his extensive knowledge of football could help him become a success at Rangers.
But McCann is less convinced, and called for his former club to narrow their search to a manager that knows the Scottish League inside out.
McCann, 42, won three Scottish Premiership titles with Rangers during his five year stay in Glasgow.
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