Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha
Pundit Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports News (18/05/2017) that Rangers are 'in a real state', slamming manager Pedro Caixinha for his conduct.
Rangers lost 2-1 at home to Aberdeen on Wednesday evening, with goals from Graeme Shinnie and Celtic loanee Ryan Christie handing the Dons a first win at Ibrox in 26 years.
Martyn Waghorn's goal proved to be a consolation for Rangers, who have plenty of work to do over the summer as new manager Caixinha looks to turn the club around.
The Portuguese boss, appointed as Mark Warburton's replacement back in March, has endured a mixed start to life at Ibrox, with some gritty wins marred by home defeats to Celtic and Aberdeen.
It's clearer than ever that Rangers are only the third-best team in Scotland right now, and Caixinha has to bring in a raft of new signings this summer in order to close the gap to Celtic.
General View of Ibrox Stadium
After Wednesday's defeat to Aberdeen, pundit and former Celtic ace Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports News (18/05/2017) that he thinks Rangers are lucky to be third in the table, as they don't have 'any top class players at all'.
Nicholas also blasted manager Caixinha for 'thinking he owns' Scotland and Scottish football, suggesting he spends too much time explaining his tactics to the press and not enough to his players – a bizarre accusation.
Nicholas added that Rangers are 'in a real state' right now, as they are a million miles away from Aberdeen – though they did beat the Dons 3-0 just weeks ago, which should give Caixinha some confidence.
“They’re lucky to be third,” said Nicholas. “They shouldn’t be embarrassed. When the season started I thought to myself, ‘If they are competing with Hearts and St Johnstone they’ve done a decent job’. They don’t have any top class footballers at all.
“They’ve a manager that’s walked in and thinks he owns our country, telling everybody what to do. He’s got the scattergun out and is telling everybody this is how it’s going to be. He starts moving glasses after a match to tell people about his tactics. Tell your players the tactics! That’s the secret to it. Make your players better.”
“He keeps talking about warriors…this team is a million miles from being second best and that’s why they shouldn’t be embarrassed. They are in a real state,” he added.
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