'Nothing to do with xenophobia' - McLeish rips into Caixinha after volatile Rangers clash
By Harry Sykes
Alex McLeish has urged Pedro Caixinha to “keep the powder dry” and refuse to get distracted by off-field issues or the unique pressures of the Rangers job.
Caixinha suggested in the aftermath of Saturday’s volatile clash against Hibs, which his side lost 3-2, that he was not being afforded enough respect among managers.
The claim was that because he is Portugese and not part of the inner circle of Scottish managers that he is treated in a different manner.
Ex-Ibrox boss McLeish insisted that is not the case and explained why it is important for the March appointment to keep his mind fixed on his team and his club as opposed to other factors.
He told the Daily Record: “My advice to Pedro would be to keep your powder dry.
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“Pedro is in a big position and it is nothing to do with xenophobia.
“Every foreign coach in the world is entitled to get a job anywhere if they have their FIFA badge and their licence.
“It’s fair game and no Scottish or British coach or manager would be angry at that.
“The facts are that Pedro has to show his credentials because Rangers are a team which has to win every week, pure and simple.
“Regardless of where anyone comes from, it is nothing personal.
“It has nothing to do with where Pedro comes from or the fact he is not Scottish or British.
“It is down to the fact that you simply have to get results and win week-in, week-out when you are the manager of Rangers.
“When you lose, you are going to get it severely from all and sundry. That’s the bottom line.”
McLeish endured similar criticism during his Ibrox reign, when he was faced with the challenge of Martin O’Neill’s Celtic, who offered a similar test to the Brendan Rodgers juggernaut.
The former Hibernian manager rose to the occasion and won two trophies in his debut campaign before securing a famous treble in his second season at the helm.
Rangers under Caixinha will aim to get back to winning ways when they face Hearts in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.
In other Rangers news, fans have destroyed a summer signing on Twitter for his display against Hibernian.