With Rangers on the cusp of a League Cup final, the fans here in the Transfer Tavern are still reserving judgement on Pedro Caixinha’s overhaul. Having made major changes over the course of the summer, the Portuguese has barely looked imperious, though it’s important to give him time.
Many of our local Light Blues want to see him succeed, though not all of his personnel changes have been looked upon favourably by those prop up our bar. Indeed, the departure of Clint Hill over the course of the summer split opinion amongst our punters, despite his age.
Some thought the veteran defender had offered all he could at the age of 38, though others remember an experienced old head and that goal against Celtic. With that in mind, comments made by the defender to the Glasgow Evening Times have proven rather interesting.
Having recently watched the Kenny Miller saga unfold, the former QPR man revealed Caixinha dealt with his own Ibrox exit in a respectful manner and has wished Rangers well.
“That is football”, he said.
“It was very respectful in the way he spoke to me about it. There were no text messages or phone calls, it was face-to-face and we were looking at each other explaining our reasons.
“I have got a lot of respect for that. That is the way I want to be handled as a player so there were no complaints or any animosity from me.
“Obviously I would have loved to have stayed at that club because once you leave you realise how special a place it is.
“But there is absolutely no animosity towards the manager and I just want Rangers to do well now.”
Hill probably could have done a job at Ibrox, particularly during the club’s recent defensive injury crisis. Still, it’s interesting to see his insight into Caixinha’s dealings with players, amid constant reports about Kenny Miller’s situation with the club.