Pedro Caixinha really needed a response after a 2-0 defeat in the Scottish League Cup semi-finals to Motherwell cast further doubt about his immediate future in the Rangers’ hot seat.
What he did not need, then, was for Daniel Candeias to fire a tame penalty straight at Kilmarnock’s goalkeeper before former Gers winger Chris Burke tapped in a dramatic last gasp equaliser to condemn Rangers to a 1-1 draw at Ibrox on Wednesday night.
And it ended up being the last straw for the Portuguese, who was sacked the following day. Following the game, it was the performance of one of the manager’s biggest summer signings that got Rangers fans talking on social media after another disappointing result – and not necessarily for the right reasons.
Eduardo Herrera had a positive impact when replacing the injured Graham Dorrans midway through the first-half, providing a presence up front, linking well with his team-mates and playing a part in Jason Holt’s first Gers goal in over a year to put the hosts ahead.
The Mexican also won the penalty that gave Rangers a chance to seal a vital win. Supporters, however, were less than impressed as Herrera allowed Candeias to spurn the perfect chance from the spot.
Rangers fans expected far more from their £1.5 million striker but, since arriving from Pumas UNAM (Daily Record), Herrera has scored just twice in 11 games. And, rightly or wrongly, the 29-year-old may end up becoming something of a posterboy for Caixinha’s failings.
Herrera and Pena cost around 4 million and there possibly the worst 2 players I've seen in Rangers shirt both key signings by the manager.— Stewart Gray (@Grasy1690) October 26, 2017
Ok then if you think 3 million on pena and 2 million on Herrera is good business your clueless— Conrad MacVicar (@conradmacvicar) October 25, 2017
On the one hand I'm glad for him that he's over those injuries. On the other hand, we signed Eduardo Herrera instead.— RusevDay (@RetirePaulSmith) October 25, 2017
A lot of on Herrera to be sub every week. I think inside there’s a great player in Pena but not right time/place to bring it out at Gers— Barry Shiel (@tuc_9) October 25, 2017
Why did the 'striker' no take it— Bryan marshall (@GERS_54) October 25, 2017
Between the backroom staff and the players brought in I doubt very much that’s there’s much left. £5m on Pena and Herrera is a joke!— Clinton Sharkey (@sharkaka1976) October 25, 2017
Wonderful flick by Herrera there, tidy lay-off from Morelos and a powerful finish by Holt. Fine goal from Rangers at the best possible time.— Jonny McFarlane (@jonnyrmcfarlane) October 25, 2017