Could these three Rangers stars be short-term fixtures now the Portuguese has departed?

Pedro Caixinha brought in a lot of players in his first summer transfer window as Rangers manager. Many of them were players he had knowledge of, either from previous clubs or in countries where he had worked.

It was a strategy that has failed and, with the Portuguese now no longer in charge, some of those recruits stand on shaky ground as far as their Rangers futures are concerned.

These three certainly look prone to the axe in the early days of life after Caixinha:

Carlos Pena

The Mexican midfielder has been a divisive figure among fans since arriving at Ibrox this summer, having taken his time to both reach peak fitness and settle into his new surroundings.

He had played a part in each of Rangers’ last eight games in all competitions before missing Caixinha’s last game in charge against Kilmarnock with a knock.

But despite recovering in time be available for Murty’s debut in the dugout, the caretaker boss opted to leave the 27-year-old out of his squad altogether, with youngsters Jamie Barjonas and Ryan Hardie preferred.

Fabio Cardoso

Cardoso had been an automatic pick for Caixinha in all competitions this season, before being ruled out with a broken nose before the Kilmarnock draw.

But his selection looked more a product of loyalty from his manager than impressive displays, with the centre-back often looking exposed when defending one-on-one situations.

With Cardoso and countryman Bruno Alves missing for the Hearts game, Murty selected Danny Wilson and the impressive young Ross McCrorie at the heart of defence.

And with Murty hinting that he’ll stick to players he knows in an interview with Rangers TV before the game, it looks like Cardoso could face a fight to get back into the side.

Aaron Nemane

Nemane didn’t start a game for Caixinha after arriving from Manchester City on loan, but had made five substitutes appearances for the Portuguese tactician across the league and cup competitions.

However, he has looked short of the physicality and development required to challenge for a regular Rangers first-team spot and it appeared that Murty was of a similar opinion when he didn’t include the winger in his first match day squad.

Nemane’s loan deal ends in January and if the temporary boss’ first squad is anything to go by, he may not see much match action in the remainder of his stay.

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