Rangers supporters have been voicing their displeasure in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing the Gers lose 2-0 to Motherwell in the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup on Sunday, which has subsequently increased the pressure on manager Pedro Caixinha.
The Scottish giants went into their clash with the North Lanarkshire-based outfit having won back-to-back Scottish Premiership matches, yet they produced a limp performance at Hampden Park to end their chances of landing the League Cup crown for the first time since 2011. Lewis Moult’s second half brace was enough for Stephen Robinson’s side to book their place in the showpiece against Celtic next month, while consigning Caixinha’s Rangers to a fourth defeat of the season in all competitions.
And their disappointing start to the campaign, which already sees them six points behind leaders Celtic in the league and failing to make it past minnows Progres Niederkorn in the Europa League play-offs, has significantly increased the pressure on manager Caixinha, and the man himself is probably not going to want to see a recent report from The Daily Record.
And that’s because they state that the Portuguese is 1/2 to be out of the hotseat by the time they face Celtic next on December 30, and 1/10 to have gone by the end of the current campaign (both odds from Paddy Power).
The 46-year-old took over at Ibrox back in March of this year following a short stint in charge of Al-Gharafa, and led the Scottish giants to a third place finish in the Premiership last season, although they finished a staggering 39 points behind champions Celtic.
Nonetheless, expectations were high going into this term that things would be much-improved at the club, but defeat in the first qualifying round of the Europa League, two losses in their opening nine league games, and Sunday’s defeat in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals does not represent the start several of our resident Rangers fans were looking for.
And it appears that Caixinha is heavy favourite to pay for that with his job, although he does look set to avoid the axe before tonight’s clash against Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership.
Landlord’s verdict: Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has been up against it at Ibrox ever since losing to Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn in the first qualifying round of the Europa League, and defeat in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals last weekend has hardly helped his cause.
And now it seems that the inevitable is fast approaching and the Portuguese will lose his job at the club, but whether that’s before their next meeting with Celtic in December (1/2) or by the end of the current campaign (1/10) remains to be seen.
Quite simply, the future looks bleak for the 46-year-old, yet the only way he can play down this speculation is by winning football matches, starting with their crucial home game against Kilmarnock in the league this evening.
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