Alex Neil believes that Rangers’ style of play is very similar to Manchester United’s – but suggests that it’s not a compliment.
The ex-Hamilton and Norwich boss claims that the Light Blues have a “responsibility” to utilise a more exciting style of play than what they are currently employing under the charge of Pedro Caixinha.
Rangers and Man United have both been criticised for their slow-paced, defence-minded tactics this season and have both endured very poor league campaigns.
Caixinha took control at Ibrox in March and could only manage a third-place finish in the Scottish Premiership while United ended their season in a disappointing sixth.
Although Jose Mourinho led his side to Europa League glory on Wednesday, many thought the style of play that United used to defeat Ajax wasn’t what you would expect gainst a team that mainly consisted of teenagers.
And Neil, 35, thinks that Caixinha also has a duty to change his philosophy at Ibrox for the sake of the supporters.
When asked about the Gers’ style of football in a video on BT Sport Football’s official Twitter account, Neil said: “I think for the likes of Rangers, I think that’s a big thing.
“Because I think Celtic and Rangers, the top teams in the league, and I think Manchester United are getting heavily criticised in England for it at the moment.
“I think they’ve got a responsibility to try and play the game in a manner which brings the fans and attracts people to watch the game.”
"They have a responsibility to attract the fans"
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Caixinha is expected to make wholesale changes to his Rangers squad over the summer by shifting out most of the deadwood brought in by Mark Warburton, who is now managing at Nottinhgam Forest following his acrimonious exit in February.