Could Rangers starlet released by Mark Warburton have been crucial to Pedro Caixinha?

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the stands

22-year-old centre-back Luca Gasparotto has shone for Falkirk this season and could have been a useful component of Rangers' squad.

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha poses with a scarf after the press conference

Pedro Caixinha may talk a good game but now is the time to prove that his bite matches his bark.

The Portuguese has not held back with the soundbites, declaring Rangers as the biggest club in Scotland and lauding the strength of the squad at his disposal according to the Scottish Sun, but such ambitious claims will only come back to haunt him if the Ibrox giants continue to choke on Celtic’s dust.

And, although Caixinha has made his reputation through exciting, uber-attacking football, his first port of call should be to sort out a defence that conceded far too many sloppy goals in recent months.

It doesn’t help that 38-year-old Clint Hill, arguably the club’s most consistent centre-back is out of contract at the end of the season, while Rob Kiernan and Danny Wilson continue to divide opinion.

Consequently, Caixinha may not thank Warburton for releasing a talented 22-year-old defender who, since leaving Ibrox in the summer, has gone from strength to strength.

Rangers manager Mark Warburton

Luca Gasparotto, a Canadian under-23 international, may have only featured four times in the Rangers first-team but, since winding up at Scottish Championship side Falkirk and helping to guide them to second in the table, has suggested that he might have been worth persevering with at Ibrox.

The towering centre-back has shone with The Bairns this season and quite clearly has the potential to develop into a steady top flight defender – and a potential long-term replacement for the impressive Hill at the heart of the backline.

The fact that many Rangers supporters questioned the decision to let him go at the end of last season suggests that the club made a mistake and hindsight has not been kind to the decision.

As it is, however, Caixinha will have to make do with the tools at his disposal.

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the stands

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