'About to come down': Caixinha takes dig at rivals ahead of Rangers clash
By Matt Farr
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha insists rivals Aberdeen are nearing the end of their ‘cycle’ and are facing a decline.
The Portuguese was speaking ahead of Aberdeen’s visit to Ibrox on Wednesday night, but lit the flames of a potentially fiery encounter taking a dig at Derek McInnes’ side.
Rangers look likely to finish behind Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership table this season, having fallen six points behind with two matches remaining, but Caixinha insists his side are on the up.
He told the Daily Record: “What I know is that football is about cycles. I know that Derek has been doing a great job, a fantastic job, but I know that moments and cycles work like that.
“I do believe that they’ve had a fantastic cycle in the last three or four years and they need a renew it. That’s what I understand looking at it from outside.
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“We are starting our cycle so we are going to be up and up and up. That’s the way the teams behave and organise themselves and it’s our job to know when one cycle is about to come down.”
Caixinha inherited a below-par squad upon his arrival at Ibrox in March, and is expected to perform a major overhaul at the club this summer in an attempt to fire Rangers back among Scotland’s elite.
Aberdeen have been the closest competition to Celtic this season, but Brendan Rodgers’ side are still some way ahead in terms of quality.
However, the Rangers boss insists Aberdeen will need to freshen up their own side this summer to remain in contention, while the Gers are already on the road to improvement.
Since the 46-year-old took charge at the Scottish club, he has masterminded five wins from his eight league matches.