Pedro Caixinha has taken a bit of a dig at Rangers in his first press conference since being announced as Cruz Azul manager last week.
Caixinha was sacked by the Light Blues in October and while he has since found himself a new job back in Mexico, the Glasgow club are yet to find his permanent successor.
The Portuguese’s managers appointment earlier this year caused quite a stir among the fanbase, with many seeing it as a very left-field pick of someone that they had not heard of and had no experience of British football.
Their concerns were proved right after a terrible seven months in charge which saw a heavy 5-1 defeat to bitter rivals Celtic, slumping out of the Europa League to minnows Progres and the failure to reach the League Cup final.
Now, Caixinha has blasted Rangers for not having any respect shown for him when he first arrived while adding that being in charge of Liga MX side Cruz Azul is a much tougher challenge.
“Yes, it is the biggest challenge,” Caixinha said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“If you put all the ingredients, it is bigger, the issue of Rangers also being a great institution was a little different… because when I arrived here, unlike Rangers, I am well-received, here they respect me, here they know me and I know them – so I think that is a very important point.
“The issue of Rangers is a little different, because when you arrived at Rangers it’s a different thing, they respect me here, but yes, it’s my biggest challenge.”
Since Caixinha was sacked, Rangers’ search for a new manager has taken many twists and turns that has still left them with Graeme Murty in caretaker charge until at least the end of this month.
Last week, the Light Blues made an approach for Derek McInnes, who would go on to snub a return to Ibrox in favour of staying as Aberdeen manager.
It has taken almost six weeks for a formal approach to be made for the board’s No 1 target and without a back-up plan made, it has left Murty at the reins for a while longer.
In other Rangers news, a report has detailed the Gers’ stance on an auction for this top-flight goal machine in January.