By James Black
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has dismissed Gordon Strachan’s claim that Scotland’s World Cup exit was down to poor genetics.
The Scots failed to qualify for next summer’s World Cup in Russia after an agonising draw in their final qualification match with Slovenia leading to Strachan’s bizarre claim that genetics were to blame and that Scottish players were just as good technically as their Spanish counterparts.
Caixinha refuted that suggestion and, while respectful towards Strachan’s opinion, and pointed out that the Spanish side were one of the shortest in international football.
“It’s his point of view, you have to respect it, it’s his point of view more directed towards the physical side of the game,” Caixinha said at his press conference earlier today, and shared on Twitter by Sky Sports.
“I think he also mentioned Scotland and Spain were the shortest but Spain play a lot of football so it’s nothing to do with that.”
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) October 11, 2017
Strachan’s comments have drawn widespread derision from fans who feel it’s nothing more than the manager refusing to accept responsiblity for his own tactical and selection mistakes throughout the qualifying campaign.
Scotland have now failed to qualify for the last five World Cups and last five European Championships since being involved in the 1998 World Cup in France.
Strachan’s future as Scotland boss is unclear with the Scottish FA set to discuss it at a board meeting tomorrow at Hampden.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha was blown away by four Rangers youngsters in the closed-doors friendly with Morton.