Shay Given responds to Pedro Caixinha claim about Rangers

Shay Given of Stoke City arrives prior to the Premier League match between Sunderland and Stoke City at Stadium of Light on January 14, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Pedro Caixinha’s Glasgow Rangers will face Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership this afternoon.

Shay Given of Newcastle United in action during the FA Cup sponsored by E. ON Third Round Replay match between Newcastle United and Hull City at St James Park on January 14, 2009 in...

Former Newcastle United and Manchester City goalkeeper Shay Given has told Sky Sports that Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha’s claim that he has the best squad in Scotland is nonsense.

Back in August, Caixinha reiterated his stance that Rangers have the best squad in Scotland, as quoted by The Daily Mail.

Given, who started his career at Celtic but did not make a single first-team appearance for the Bhoys, has dismissed the Rangers boss’s claim.

Shay Given of Stoke City takes a goal kick  during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Stoke City at Selhurst Park on September 18, 2016 in London, England.

“That’s nonsense,” Given told Sky Sports about Caixinha’s comments about his Rangers squad. “That’s nonsense. He can’t come up with that.

“Celtic are unbeaten in 57 games. They are clearly the best squad in Scotland. They are in the Champions League. Rangers got knocked out by some team from Luxembourg in the European competition."

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.

Rangers have a strong team and made a number of good signings in the summer transfer window, including star defender Bruno Alves.

However, it is clear for everyone to see that Rangers do not have the best squad in Scotland, Celtic do.

After all, the Hoops won the Scottish Premiership title last season without losing a single match, and also clinched the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Cup.

One should not be surprised if Brendan Rodgers’s side repeat their heroics of the 2016-17 campaign this season.

Rangers will take on Celtic at Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership this afternoon.

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