Caixinha reveals what he told Rangers players after Old Firm defeat v Celtic
By James Black
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has revealed what he told his players after the Old Firm defeat to Celtic last weekend – and challenged them to show who has bought into what he wants to do.
The Gers lost 2-0 to their bitter rivals last weekend and rumours have swirled that Caixinha held a fiery debrief after the his side fell to their second home defeat in four games.
Rangers have only won once in their last six meetings with Celtic and the Portuguese boss was unhappy with the way his squad performed in the first Old Firm of the season.
“At the end of the Celtic game I said I expected a reaction, a strong reaction,” Caixinha said as quoted by the Daily Express website.
“I also said that now was the moment to show which mass, which blood we have in us to show a strong reaction.
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“I also said something else. We were going to see who is in favour of this vision, of this process – and who is against it.
“That’s all. I did it just after the match.”
Caixinha has endured some of Rangers’ worst results in decades since taking charge in March and is coming under serious pressure from supporters.
The Portuguese took charge of Rangers at an unprecedented moment in Scottish football history as the club continue to re-eastablish themselves after the financial melt-down of 2012.
Despite this, Caixinha is fully prepared for the challenge he faces in Scotland and believes he is more than prepared for it, adding: “Everybody knows what we are doing here in Rangers and we know we are facing one of the biggest challenges in the history of football.
“What passed to Rangers is unique in the world and the way we are coming back and we know that we have that vision and we are working hard in that direction, that’s what really matters.
“When you change a lot of things, that means that everyone needs to be ready for the change and you need to be persistent to have that chance, so that’s what I’m doing.”
Saturday’s loss at home to Celtic sees the Light Blues slip eight points behind them in the Premiership table after just seven games played.
Next up for Caixinha and his men is a visit to Hamilton on Friday.
In other Rangers news, Scott Brown has taken a big swipe at Pedro Caixinha after the Old Firm derby.