Chaos reigns supreme at Murray Park it seems with Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha ripping into the Scottish players under his charge just 48 hours after the Ibrox side lost to Celtic 2-0, writes Andy Muirhead.
News was leaked to the press on Tuesday morning that Caixinha had torn into the Scottish players at the Ibrox club because they didn’t welcome him, his management team or the foreign players warmly enough following his criticism of fans favourite Graham Dorrans over the former West Brom midfielder’s decision to hand the captain’s armband to Kenny Miller when he came on as a second half substitute on Saturday.
And despite his concerns in May over dressing room leaks to members of the press, it seems that Caixinha has gone from being concerned to confident in the space of five months, by the picture he is trying to paint to the assembled press.
With a win percentage of just 54% since he took over in March 2017 after the sacking of Mark Warburton, Caixinha is now under huge pressure to deliver results after the club reportedly spent around £9 million on new signings this summer and already trailing Scottish champions Celtic by eight points.
Results against the big teams have been non-existent, the club failed to progress in Europe past the first qualifying round, he has overseen the first defeat to Aberdeen at home in decades and succumbed to a record 5-1 home defeat to Celtic at the tail end of last season, as Celtic went on to secure an ‘invincible’ domestic treble.
Caixinha’s time at the club looks to be nearing its conclusion and it is now looking like there will be a job opening at Ibrox sooner rather than later if the status quo continues.
His attempts at trying to overshadow another derby defeat with claims that Celtic skipper Scott Brown had elbowed Alfredo Morelos failed to muster support from the Scottish FA, who promptly dismissed any notion of Brown being cited for what was in effect a ‘phantom elbow’.
His side was outclassed for much of Saturday’s tie with Celtic barely getting out of second gear to hand them another defeat.
And now Tuesday morning’s leak to the press from within the Rangers camp looks to have made public the growing discontent among the Scottish players at the club.
Caixinha may claim to be a ‘confident’ guy when asked about the leaks, but as Paul Le Guen can testify to, if you target the fan favourites among the squad the fans will soon turn on you. They may ‘turn another corner’ on Friday night when they face Hamilton Accies in the league, but growing dissent will only end in one winner and it won’t be Caixinha.
The fans will force the board’s hand if results don’t improve and they fail to close the gap on Celtic this season, even if it means costing the club a sizeable pay-off to Caixinha who signed a three-year deal when appointed in March.
From dogs barking at caravans to keeping quiet about ‘what happened in Las Vegas’, Caixinha’s tenure at the club is becoming a bigger laughing stock with every passing minute.
12 wins out of 22 games as Rangers manager is simply not good enough for a club with delusions of grandeur and the likes of Aberdeen, newly promoted Hibs and St.Johnstone ahead of them in the league at the minute, further points dropped will see the former bullfighter’s his brown brogues, club tie and blazer being confiscated by the sour-faced Jimmy Bell for the next man to take on the poisoned chalice.
Seven months on from his unveiling at Ibrox, Caixinha’s appointment to the Rangers job is even more baffling now as it was then and it is now all about damage limitation for him now as he looks to save his career.
The Board must answer for Caixinha's appointment
Why was he appointed to the role in the first place?
How did his agent Pedro Mendes convince the power brokers at Ibrox that a guy, with no knowledge of the British game, who was in mid-table in Qatar was good enough for a club that had dreams of being a force in Scottish football and playing in Europe regularly?
Or were they simply wooed by the letter of recommendation he received from Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after meeting the man once?
Say what you want about Mark Warburton and his time at the club, but he was never given the amount of money that Caixinha has flushed down the toilet and his 66% win ratio must look like dreamland now for Gers fans.
The former Santos Laguna manager has done nothing to dispel the criticism surrounding his appointment, that he is not good enough for the club and that it is a job too big for him. No amount of touchline confrontations with Celtic players or weird idioms will save his head from the chopping block when the horde start to sharpen their pitchforks.
Last Ditch Tackle is unashamedly passionate about Scottish football, with a heavy Celtic slant.