COMMENT By Harvey Byrne
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Rangers’ 5-1 defeat against Celtic in the Premiership at Ibrox on Saturday.
Risk not paying off
The Rangers hierarchy took a risk when they appointed Pedro Caixinha in March and the board must now be thinking they may have made the wrong decision. The Portuguese manager had no experience of managing in Scotland and so far he has led his team to just three victories from seven matches. Now, that might be acceptable for most clubs, but for one with the reputation of Rangers it is not acceptable. Additionally, he has now watched the Gers fall to two shocking Old Firm defeats in one week. Even rookie boss Graeme Murty managed to achieve a draw against Celtic and so far the Caixinha risk is not being paid off.
Waghorn must be sold
Martyn Waghorn had a stunning season for Rangers in the last campaign, scoring 20 goals in 25 Championship appearances. However, in the Premiership he has returned just six goals in 28 league outings. Now, alongside his poor form in the league as well as his contract set to run out in 2018 the 27-year-old must simply be sold alongside other members of the Rangers team this summer if they want to compete with fierce rivals Celtic at the top of the Scottish football pyramid once again.
Hill must be handed a new deal
The Rangers team has received a lot of criticism this season, but one of the teams consistent performers has been the experienced summer signing Clint Hill. The 38-year-old is arguably the best defender in the Ibrox giants’ team and without him on Saturday Celtic may have scored more than the five goals. However, with his contract set to run out at the end of May it is clear that Rangers must hand him a new deal soon, as they did to Kenny Miller on Friday evening.
In other Rangers news, fans blasted the decision to include this player in the starting line-up on Saturday.