Jim Duffy labels Pedro Caixinha's claim about Rangers squad clearly wrong but liked that he made it

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha during the press conference

Pedro Caixinha is preparing for his first game as Glasgow Rangers boss having been unveiled at Ibrox this week.

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha during the press conferenceNew Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha during the press conference

Morton boss Jim Duffy has told The Scottish Sun that while Pedro Caixinha is clearly wrong in suggesting that he has the best squad in Scotland at his disposal having taken the reins at Rangers, he liked the fact that he made the statement.

Caixinha was unveiled as Mark Warburton's permanent successor at Ibrox this week, and immediately looked to rally his troops by insisting that they were the best squad in the country despite sitting 33 points below Celtic in the Scottish Premiership table.

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And while Duffy has pointed out what a lot of people feel - that the Gers' squad is probably some way off being as good as Celtic's - he insisted that Caixinha's claim was a good move from the Portuguese.

"Some of his comments were always going to attract more attention than others and his claim that he had the best squad in Scotland was the one that stuck out the most," he told The Scottish Sun.

Rangers' Lee Hodson celebrates their first goal scored by Clint Hill with teammates

"Now, everyone knows that is patently NOT true.

"But I liked that he said it. It struck me as a classic old school move. It was a mission statement more than anything else."

Rangers' players have had to deal with comparisons between themselves and their Old Firm foes all season, and the criticism that has come from being well off the pace in their first year back in the top flight, so Caixinha's comments may provide them with a major boost.

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the stands

No Gers player will be getting carried away by such a statement, as the table clearly shows that they are a long way off battling for the title, but just hearing the new manager put his complete faith in the current squad may give them the belief that they have not fulfilled their potential this term, and have the ability to raise their game. 

And Duffy appears to be confident that, while it is too late to catch the leaders, the comments may certainly help close that gap over the coming months. 

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