The new Rangers boss took the rather unique approach of comparing himself to the Devil Incarnate after arriving at Ibrox.
A week after being appointed as Mark Warburton’s successor, the Portuguese axed club legend and goalkeeping coach Jim Stewart after 10 years on the staff, proclaimed Rangers the biggest club in Scotland to kick-start a new sparring match with Celtic and then promptly thrashed Hamilton 4-0.
While his predecessor tended to speak in platitudes, Caixinha is not afraid of putting a soundbite on a garnished plate. And there’s one line in particular that stands out so far.
“I said ‘if you try and so something the opposite way from what I want, you will see the devil in front of you.’ They will see the devil in the human body,” Caixinha said in a press conference, not an M Night Shyamalan blockbuster, as reported by the Evening Times.
As far as warnings go, suggesting that you will transform into Satan himself if the winger fails to track his full-back is rather extreme. Yet, John Hartson believes that the Rangers squad won’t have been quaking in their sponsored studs. Far from it.
“I’d have loved to have seen the Rangers’ boys faces when Pedro Caixinha told them they better not step out of line or they’d think he was the devil,” the Celtic legend wrote in his column for the Scottish Sun. “There would have been a few sniggers at the back of the room, that’s for sure.
“But if Caixinha does see himself as a manager not to be messed with then he has to be able to back that up when the time comes.
“It’s an interesting way to start off though.”
You get the feeling that Caixinha stamping his authority on the squad early could go one of two ways. Either the tactician, a student of Jose Mourinho, earns the respect and admiration of his players immediately after a number of high-profile issues behind the scenes under Warburton.
Or he endures a Paul Le Guen-like meltdown and such brazen comments become a rod for his own back.
He’s certainly started well, however.