'Pressure will be immense' - BBC pundit delivers damning verdict on Caixinha new-look Rangers squad
By James Black
BBC TV pundit Michael Stewart believes if Rangers fail to beat Celtic net weekend then the pressure on Rangers boss Pedro Caiinha will be “immense”
The two sides meet at Ibrox on Saturday lunchtime as Celtic aim to extend their unbeaten domestic run to 56 games.
Caixinha’s side threw away two points in their pursuit of Celtic on Friday night and former Man United midfielder Stewart has been less than impressed with Caixinha’s new-look Gers.
“Six months into the Ibrox manager’s reign the jury is still out on Caixinha and his Ibrox side,” Stewart said in his Scottish Sun column.
“And performances like Friday’s at Firhill are exactly why that remains the case.
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“At times they looked terrific yet they then appeared to wilt under the slightest bit of pressure.
“And that is not going to be enough as they enter the biggest week of his Gers career so far.
“On Tuesday they will go back and face a Thistle side who will be buzzing after their battling display.
“Then it’s the small matter of Celtic at Ibrox, who, remember, beat them 5-1 the last time they met.
“Now, if Gers get knocked out of the cup and lose to Celtic the pressure on Caixinha will be immense.”
Caixinha has been under pressure since his side were knocked out of the Europa League at the first qualifying stage by Luxembourg’s Progres Niederkorn.
Indifferent league displays haven’t helped Caixinha’s cause and failing to win at home to Hearts and Hibs have only increased the scrutiny on the former Santos Laguna boss.
Rangers currently trail Celtic by five points after six games in the Scottish Premiership and defeat next weekend could put a massive hurdle in Rangers’ way.
The Gers last won the Scottish title in 2010/11 under Walter Smith.