Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha looks on

By Amir Mir

Gordon Smith has made a huge claim by stating that Pedro Caixinha continually changing his tactics will be “confusing” his players.

The Portuguese coach has used a number of systems since he arrived at Ibrox in March, including playing two up front against Celtic.

Caixinha’s team played their Old Firm rivals in consecutive weeks, losing 2-0 and then getting hammered 5-1 on home soil.

During those encounters, he opted to play two up front, a tactic which backfired because the Gers were outclassed by their opponents.

Former Rangers man Smith stated what the players would be thinking of their manager, who seems to vary his tactical approach from game to game.

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“I think if I was a Rangers player being told we were going to play a more open system against Celtic – a team who haven’t lost a domestic game all season – than we had against Aberdeen, I would definitely have been confused,” Smith told the Sunday Post.

“That approach can’t make much sense to anyone.”

Before Caixinha arrived at the club, Rangers were already struggling in the Scottish Premiership under Mark Warburton.

At the start of the campaign, they had been beaten 5-1 by Celtic in September, which was followed up by another defeat on New Year’s Eve.

They were sitting third in the table, way off Rodgers team, who went on to clinch the SPL title in April against Hearts.

Partick Thistle will be their next opponents on Sunday afternoon as Caixinha will be hoping his team can bounce back from those demoralising defeats against Celtic.

Caixinha’s best result during his short reign thus far has come away at second-placed Aberdeen when the Glasgow club picked up a 3-0 win.

In other Rangers news, Paul Lambert has aimed a dig at Gers supporters. 

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