Barry Ferguson gives brutally honest verdict on Caixinha failure at Rangers
By James Black
Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson has savaged sacked manager Pedro Caixinha over his disastrous Ibrox reign – and admitted he is “glad” someone else will take charge of his old club.
Ferguson won 15 trophies in his two spells with the Gers and and believes the 46-year-old couldn’t understand the expectations at Ibrox, never mind fulfill them.
Caixinha was sacked last week after the Gers fell to fourth place in the Scottish Premiership following a 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at Ibrox.
Director of football Mark Allen and the Rangers board have now began the process of identifying and recruiting Caixinha’s replacement but Ferguson wasn’t letting the Portuguese slink off without having his say over Caixinha’s shambolic time in charge.
“I didn’t hold out much hope for Pedro Caixinha,” Ferguson wrote in his brutally honest column for the Daily Record website.
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“I may not have liked the man in charge and I may not have rated him or agreed with his decisions either but never once did I want to see him lose a match.
“I didn’t think he would succeed at Ibrox but I always hoped against hope that he might.
“But now that he’s gone and I must admit, for the sake of Rangers, I’m glad it’s time to give someone else a shot.”
Ferguson’s former Ibrox team-mate Derek McInnes is the bookies’ favourite to replace Caixinha at Ibrox after leading Aberdeen to three successive second-place finishes in the Scottish Premiership.
McInnes was passed over by the Gers board in March when they appointed Caixinha however with the Ibrox giants looking for a manager with knowledge and experience of the Scottish game, the Aberdeen boss appears to be the ideal candidate.
Graeme Murty is expected to remain in temporary charge when the Light Blues face Partick Thistle on Saturday.
In other Rangers news, an Ibrox legend was delighted to see Kenny Miller back in the starting XI.