Rae: Warbs and Pedro just didn’t get Rangers

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Former midfielder Alex Rae has insisted that Pedro Caixinha did not understand the dynamics of the club and what was required to succeed.

The Portugese was sacked two weeks ago with the Light Blues fourth in the Scottish Premiership after failing to narrow the gap on Celtic or lift the team for the marquee fixtures.

Rae, who left in his late teens before returning for a second spell in his mid-30s, insisted that Caixinha had a poor understanding of the need to win every game at Ibrox.

“When you look at Pedro Caixinha’s quotes and some of the stories coming out – it was the right decision for him to go,” Rae told the Scottish Sun. “That need to win on a weekly basis has to be transferred from the leader of the club through to the players.

“Last year the youths at got to a final and the attitude was that this group of players were over-achieving.

“I’d never heard that in all my time at Rangers, stretching right back to my days there as a kid.

“They need to get back to believing they’re the best because if you keep telling people they are second best they’ll believe it.

“The quicker we get back to those high standards the better we’ll be able to compete with Celtic.”

The sacked Pedro Caixinha after only 229 days in charge, leaving Under-20’s boss to take charge for the second time this year.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is the bookies favourite to replace Caixinha at Ibrox.

McInnes has been a big success at and led the Dons to their first trophy in 20 years when they lifted the Scottish in 2015.

Under McInnes, Aberdeen have finished second in the Scottish Premiership in each of the last three seasons and has the Dons sat in the same position in this season’s table.


From embarrassing senior players by freezing them out to giving the cold shoulder to anyone who did not agree with him, Caixinha proved himself to be more than just uncompromising. He was also stubborn and impossible. That would have been fine if were winning every week, but they were not and there were few major matches in which the team delivered the goods. The stories coming out are that Caixinha’s man-management was not up to scratch in what was a fairly unedifying picture of his reign.

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