Chris Sutton: Rangers must take this drastic action after hopeless Warburton signings
By Russell Edge
Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has delivered a scathing review of Rangers and said that Pedro Caixinha needs to “rip this squad up and start again”.
Caixinha’s side were brushed aside by Sutton’s former side in their Old Firm clash in the Scottish Cup semi-finals, with goals from Callum McGregor and Scott Sinclair securing a 2-0 victory for the Hoops.
Celtic dominated the match, taking an early lead, stifling Rangers to no shots during the first half and having 65 per cent of the possession during the 90 minutes.
The loss was the first of manager Caixinha’s stint at the club after arriving in March to replace the departed Mark Warburton, but despite this, Sutton believes drastic action is needed from the Portuguese manager.
Sutton told the Daily Record: “If Pedro ever hopes to one day be able to declare his players the best in the country, he’ll have to rip this squad up and start again.
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“It all stems from Mark Warburton and his disastrous transfer policy – it’s still the same group of players who simply aren’t up to it.”
“He’s being asked to get blood out of a stone and I can see no alternative to starting from scratch in the summer.”
Caixinha claimed that he had taken over the best squad in Scottish football when he joined Rangers but Sutton was quick to shut down those claims with some damning words following the Hoops’ easy victory.
“He got his pants pulled down by Celtic after his ludicrous claim,” said Sutton in the Daily Record.
“They are miles apart in a gulf of class that would span the Grand Canyon.”
Celtic are on course to secure a domestic treble, having already picked up both the Scottish League Cup and Scottish Premiership title, while Rangers find themselves third in the league, and were knocked out of the semi-finals of both domestic cups by their Glasgow rivals.
In other Rangers news, fans were left fuming after Sky Sports’ Jim White posted on Twitter.