By Alex Stevens
Arthur Numan admitted that he had never heard of Pedro Caixinha when he was appointed the new Rangers manager.
But the Dutch legend is convinced that the club must give the Portugese, 46, time to make an impression at Ibrox.
Numan, who lifted 10 trophies during five hugely successful years at Rangers from 1998 to 2003, can see similarities in his own situation after arriving at the club from PSV Eindhoven nearly 20 years ago.
“I don’t know much about Pedro Caixinha,” Numan told the Daily Record. “When he was appointed, people were saying ‘Who is he?’ and wondering what was happening. But it was the same when I signed for Rangers.
“You have to give him some time. He will have a vision in his mind. I don’t know how he wants to play but I am sure he’ll want to entertain and play attacking football.”
Caixinha replaced Mark Warburton at the helm after cutting short his spell at Qatari outfit Al-Gharafa to join Rangers at a time when Celtic had all but secured their sixth consecutive title.
He has made a solid early impression, steering Rangers to two wins and two draws from his opening four matches, including a landmark 3-0 triumph at second-placed Aberdeen last Sunday.
Third-placed Rangers are nine points adrift of Aberdeen with just seven matches of the league campaign and Numan believes their focus must be on the mouthwatering Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic on Sunday week.
Rangers are looking to end Celtic’s Treble hopes in the last-four clash with a repeat of last season’s win at the same stage, although they failed to get their hands on the trophy back then after losing to Hibs in the final.
“You want to stand there at the end of the season and lift the silverware,” Numan added to the Daily Record. “What does second mean? Second means f*** all.
“It is all about winning trophies and lifting silverware. If I was in the situation now I would be saying ‘Okay, we have finished second’. But it doesn’t mean anything.
“But the Scottish Cup is very important. It’s better to win the cup than finish second. I hope Rangers will beat Celtic in the semi-final and go on and lift the trophy at the end of the season.
“Celtic have won the League Cup so the Rangers players will want to win the Scottish Cup.”
In other Rangers news, Caixinha is to hold talks with a forward as a summer Rangers transfer edges ever closer.