Caixinha's fate was down to so much more than Rangers' Europa League exit

Pedro Caixinha poses with a team shirt after he is unveiled as the new manager of Rangers at Ibrox Stadium on March 13, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Glasgow Rangers winger believes European elimination saw to the Portuguese boss.

Candeias of Rangers vies with Cedric Kipre of Motherwell during the Betfred League Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Motherwell at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

In a recent interview with Portuguese publication Record, Rangers player Daniel Candeias claimed that Pedro Caixinha's Gers tenure was defined by their early exit from the Europa League, but there was surely more to it than that.

While it was a major blow for Rangers to bow out of Europe to Progres Neiderkorn, Caixinha could have still earned more time if he had got his side playing consistently and not made some very questionable summer signings.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is seen during the Betfred League Cup Semi Final between Rangers and Motherwell at Hampden Park on October 22, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The defeat to Progres was embarrassing but the arrival of players like Dalcio, Eduardo Herrera and Carlos Pena, coupled with some below-par showings in the Scottish Premiership, ultimately saw to the Portuguese boss.

All managers suffer giant-killings or the like at some point in their career and most live to tell the tale while Caixinha was not exactly in charge of a Rangers side at the peak of their powers.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium ahead of the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The problem was that for every Graham Dorrans there was a Pena, for every Alfredo Morelos a Dalcio, and Rangers were not performing in the way expected of them as they bid to make up some of the ground on reigning champions Celtic.

You only need to look at the way Rangers have played under interim manager Graeme Murty to see what is possible with this squad.

That could have happened under Caixinha but it did not, and that is indicative of the manager's inability to get Rangers playing the Gers way. He was not the man from the job from the outset, and his fate was sealed by far more than a single match.

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