By Harvey Byrne
Former Liverpool and Scotland international midfielder John Wark has claimed that Pedro Caixinha’s decision to let go of Barrie McKay, Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn this summer could cost him his job if the trio are not replaced.
The Portuguese boss has completely overhauled the squad which finished in third place in his first summer in charge with Garner, Waghorn and McKay all leaving alongside six other senior players.
The aforementioned trio have however regained their form in the English Championship with both Nottingham Forest and Ipswich respectively, while Rangers have struggled with being knocked out of the Europa League alongside suffering a defeat and a draw alongside a single victory in their first three league matches this season.
Now, Glasgow-born Wark has told that he can’t believe Rangers let the three players leave and that it could prove a costly error by Caixinha in the long-run.
“I just can’t believe Rangers let them both go. That was quite strange,” told Wark, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I know Waghorn scored more than Garner up there but both are certainly showing what they can do down here in the Championship, which you have to say is a level above the Scottish league.
“It’s incredible to think we got these guys for just over a million quid combined. In the same division Wolves have spent £19m and we’ve managed to get these two at an absolute steal.
“They’ve really lifted the club because we’ve got eight or nine players injured yet they’ve carried us with their goals contribution.
“Both are good bubbly characters who have enhanced the atmosphere in the dressing room. They’ve lifted the whole team and they’re unbeaten so far, so it’s great.
“Joe has an edge to him as well, combative and up for a battle. He was playing on Saturday at Brentford and the big centre back was knocking him about but but Joe just kept wanting more.
“Fans love that and it’s a quality we missed last season.
“The same goes for McKay. I can’t believe they’ve let him go because every time I saw him play for Rangers last year I thought he was a handful.
“So when he went to Forest I was thinking I wish we could have got him at Ipswich too.
“I thought to myself ‘they must have some decent players up there if they can afford to do without those guys’.
“But having spoke to Garner personally, reading between the lines it seems things changed as soon as the new manager came in from Portugal.
“Hindsight is a great thing but these are the kind of decisions that can cost managers dearly if they don’t replace properly. Especially at a club like Rangers where the demands from the fans are so high.”
Garner saw the least among of time at Rangers with just a single season at the club, which saw him bag 10 goals in 34 matches in total.
Meanwhile, Waghorn spent two years at Ibrox which saw him leave with a fine record of 44 strikes in 78 appearances.
McKay, who was once considered to be a bright prospect in Glasgow spent the most amount of time at the club over a six-year period between 2011 and 2017, which saw him play 140 times.
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