Rangers chief delivers verdict on Rodgers ahead of Old Firm showdown
By Matt Farr
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha insists he is ‘no one’ in comparison to Celtic chief Brendan Rodgers.
The two Scottish clubs are set to go head to head in the semi final of the Scottish Cup at Hampden on Sunday, with Caixinha and Rodgers facing off for the first time.
But the Portuguese admits his own managerial record cannot be compared to that of his rival chief, although he is confident that Rangers can come out on top.
He told the Daily Record: “I have so much respect for Brendan. He’s a great coach with a fantastic past.
“I am no one in comparison to him and his position. I don’t even want to compare the trophies he’s won and what I did before I arrived here.
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“I respect him and his team. But this is a different game, a different moment. This is an Old Firm game, it’s a one-off match and it’s a semi final. So I can beat them.”
The Ibrox post is only Caixinha’s third managerial job at a European club, having previously managed Portugal-based duo Uniao de Leiria and Nacional. He also managed Santos Laguna and Al-Gharafa in Mexico and Qatar.
Rodgers, on the other hand, has considerable history in the English Premier League, beginning his coaching career at Chelsea, before moving on to become manager at Swansea and Liverpool.
But the previous achievements of the pair will be set aside on Sunday, with a chance to take the spoils in and Old Firm clash a much more enticing prospect.
The two sides have met on four occasions in all competitions this season, with Celtic winning three and drawing once.
Rodgers has already masterminded several wins against former Ibrox chief Mark Warburton, while he was undefeated against Rangers caretaker boss Graeme Murty in their last encounter.
But he has yet to test himself against Caixinha, and the current Rangers chief is relishing the occasion.
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