Pedro Caixinha aims dig at Celtic in first Rangers interview, fans will love this
By Danny Wright
Pedro Caixinha has labelled Rangers as the biggest club in the country in his first interview with the club since being appointed manager.
The 46-year-old was in the stands at Parkhead on Sunday to watch Gers grab a late and deserved point against Celtic in the Old Firm derby.
Now, Caixinha has already earned the affection of the Rangers supporters after issuing a claim that the club is bigger than their Glasgow rivals.
“It’s a massive club. It’s the biggest club in Scotland. It’s one club that is fighting again, to get on top,” said Caixinha to RangersTV.
“We know that we are going to get on the top and that’s what we are here for.”
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The new Ibrox boss also wants to beat Celtic in what will be his first time managing the Old Firm derby when they again make the short trip across Glasgow for the Scottish Cup semi-final.
He has highlighted the cup competition as an ideal opportunity to win his first silverware in Scotland but to do so he will have to lead Rangers to victory at Hampden Park against Celtic for what will be the second semi-final of the season between the two clubs.
“We are in the cup semi-final so we need to think about winning that trophy,” the Portuguese manager added.
“We need to be ambitious, but you need to be realistic at the same time.
“But I think we are being totally ambitious and realistic in saying that we would like to end up in second position and why not get the trophy out of the Scottish Cup.”
Caixinha arrives in the blue half of Glasgow after leaving Qatari club Al-Gharafa to replace Mark Warburton who vacated the Ibrox helm in February.
Graeme Murty was placed in caretaker charge after Warburton’s exit, but he only managed to win one of his four Scottish Premier League matches in charge.
The Light Blues have slipped eight points behind second-placed Aberdeen as a result of their downturn in form during Murty’s charge.
In other Rangers news, Barry Ferguson explains why the Gers were up for the fight against Celtic.