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WHO SHOULD REPLACE THE SACKED PEDRO CAIXINHA AT IBROX?

28th October 2017

Gers regular and former whistleblower says whoever takes over from the axed Portuguese coach may need a magic wand to get the Gers back on track

A MISSED penalty that would have given Rangers a 2-0 lead over Kilmarnock followed quickly by a red card and an equaliser all within added time meant the end for Pedro Caixinha.

It comes as no surprise though, this so soon after Rangers dismal League Cup Semi Final defeat last Sunday to Motherwell. I was at both games and the mood of the Gers supporters has been worsening after each disappointing result.

Finishing second is not enough for most Rangers followers so despite it being their first season back in the top flight, last term's third place finish followed up by the embarrassing Europa League exit and already being behind Celtic and Aberdeen was too much for both the board and the supporters.

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Who next? Obviously Rangers will appeal to scores of coaches keen to take on the challenge of taking the world's most successful club back to its former glories.

Failing to do so though usually results in nonstop criticism and the bullet.

Scottish football just doesn't generate sufficient cash to attract top players anymore and the lack of competition to Celtic at present means that the guarantee of trophies is no longer a carrot that can be dangled in front of prospective signings.

The new manager has to continue with the same squad until January and with two games against Aberdeen before the next Old Firm match, means that the season could be written off before the new man has had chance to wheel and deal in the transfer market.

A Rangers man who knows the club, the fans and the demands would be advantageous but it can still turn heroes into zeros.

It was heart-breaking to see how club legend Ally McCoist was booed as on field performances and results didn't match supporters' demands.

Former boss Alex McLeish might steady the ship whilst names like Aberdeen's McInnes and Preston's Alex Neil amongst others have been mooted as possible replacements.




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