Rangers supporters in the Transfer Tavern have been drowning their sorrows this week following their side’s disappointing defeat to Motherwell in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals on Sunday, and their mood didn’t improve much on Wednesday either following the Gers’ draw with Kilmarnock.
The Scottish giants were looking to win the League Cup for the first time since the 2010/11 season but were unable to reach the Hampden Park showpiece after going down 2-0 to Stephen Robinson’s side, thus increasing the pressure on manager Pedro Caixinha. And the Portuguese’s tricky tenure at Ibrox came to an end on Thursday after his side could only muster a 1-1 draw at home to Killy the day before, with Chris Burke’s late leveller bringing to an end Caixinha’s seven-month stint in the Rangers hotseat.
Thus, several of our resident Gers fans are turning their attentions to who will be the club’s new manager, and they are also likely to be intrigued by some recent comments from Celtic legend Chris Sutton (via The Daily Record) regarding their club’s decision to appoint Caixinha back in March.
44-year-old Sutton played 199 matches for the Bhoys in a six-year spell between 2000 and 2006, in which time he helped the Scottish heavyweights to four domestic league titles, as well as three Scottish Cups, one League Cup, and indeed the final of the UEFA Cup back in 2003.
And the striker, who scored 86 goals in his time north of the border, has after his playing career worked regularly in the media, and he has made his feeling clear with regard to the catastrophic decision to appoint the Portuguese in the first place, and the subsequent debacle that has taken place at Ibrox.
He said: ‘The class clown. The walking talking contradiction. He had to go. Rangers board had absolutely no choice. He’s probably the most embarrassing manager in the history of Rangers Football Club.
‘When you think about when Rangers needed stability they got a manager in, I don’t know how the interview process worked but they just got a manager in who caused mayhem virtually from day one.
‘Rangers cannot afford to let the guys who interviewed Pedro interview the new guy in the process.’
These are strong comments from Sutton but they may well resonate with several of our resident Gers supporters, who have seen their side struggle to bridge the gap to Celtic during Caixinha’s seven months in charge.
If anything, the gap has actually widened.
Landlord’s verdict: Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has not been afraid to air his views since becoming a regular pundit post-retirement, and as such his recent opinions on Pedro Caixinha’s tenure as Rangers manager aren’t overly surprising.
The Portuguese was sacked as Gers chief on Thursday after an ill-fated seven months in charge at Ibrox, and Sutton has made clear his feelings by labelling him the ‘most embarrassing manager in the history of Rangers Football Club’.
But when you consider the defeat to minnows Progres Niederkorn earlier this season, the widening gap between themselves and Celtic, and the reported bust-up with Kenny Miller, the 44-year-old is probably not far wrong.
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