Caixinha responds to reports of Rangers revolt over controversial summer plan
By Matt Farr
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has rubbished talk of a pending player revolt at the club following a controversial decision to hand them just nine days of summer holiday.
The Daily Record reported on Thursday that the Portuguese was considering a spectacular U-turn on his decision to order his players to return to pre-season training at Rangers on June 1, amid fears of unsettling the squad.
It is understood that the decision had threatened to cause major turmoil behind the scenes at Ibrox, with a number of senior stars having to re-arrange their summer plans.
However, Caixinha has since rushed to quash the reports of discord among his Rangers squad, insisting that he had no concerns over the morale within the Ibrox camp.
As quoted by Sky Sports, the 46-year-old did also reiterate the importance of the club’s pre-season preparations, with Rangers’ campaign set to begin at the end of June.
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When asked if the players had expressed concern at his summer plan, he said: “Not at all. They are hard workers. They are professionals.
“That’s an internal affair [picking a pre-season start date]. It’s unofficial at the moment. But we know it, the players know it, so we are the ones who need to know.
“It is not me who set up the plan. It’s the date of the first competition, which is June 29. It’s totally important we have the right amount of time to prepare in order to be ready for that first match.”
The decision to cut short Rangers’ summer holiday was set to have major ramifications for two senior stars in particular, Joe Garner and Lee Wallace.
Both Garner and Wallace have scheduled wedding plans during the summer break, with former Rangers chief Mark Warburton having promised his players a full three weeks’ rest ahead of the new season.
It is also understood, and reported by the Record, that at least one of the first team staff members inside Murray Park has lodged a formal complaint to the club’s HR department.
But Caixinha is understood to want to have his players back in training well ahead of their Europa League qualifying campaign this summer – which marks the start of another gruelling season for a team in repair.