Outcast Kenny Miller favourite to replace under-fire Pedro Caixinha at Rangersby Jack Kitson / 25 October 2017, 11:22Tweet
Pedro Caixinha’s future at Rangers continues to be the subject of widespread debate following the club’s stuttering start to the season, which has seen the Gers lose ground in the SPL, dumped out of Europe by minnows Progres Niederkorn, and then last weekend lose to Motherwell in the cup.
Caixinha, who was sent to the stands during the semi-final defeat at home to Well, took the blame for the loss, bizarrely revealing that he made his players nervous in the build-up to the game:
"I assume all the responsibility because the team was a shade of what it needs to be.
"Maybe I created a lot of expectation, I am always like that, maybe I created a sort of anxiety. I don't know why they under-performed, individually and collectively. It is up to me.”
Caixinha went on to lambast his troops:
"I've told the players: 'You are embarrassing me, you are embarrassing our club, you are embarrassing our fans'."
"Now it is time for you to react and I'm glad we're playing on Wednesday."
Caixinha will bid to ease the pressure on his shoulders by leading his troops to a league win tonight (Wednesday) at home to basement club Kilmarnock who have registered only one win from nine games, although that sole triumph did come over the weekend.
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A victory would see them make ground on leaders Celtic or 2nd-placed Aberdeen who clash at the Pottodrie Stadium.
However, a failure to record all three points would edge the Portuguese coach even closer to the sack.
Ironically, it’s the man Caixinha is refusing to play, Kenny Miller, who surprisingly leads the betting to replace him at 3/1 with Paddy Power.
The exiled veteran striker has not even been in the club’s squad for their last three games, with his last appearance in a 3-0 defeat to Celtic last month.
However, while Miller is an Ibrox icon his lack of coaching experience would no doubt count against him and hinder his chances of becoming the club’s next permanent boss, should Caixinha be axed.
Other names in the betting include ex Nottingham Forest and Motherwell gaffer Billy Davies and the club’s development squad head coach Graeme Murty, both 5/1, with former Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman at 6/1, and Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk at 7/1, while Alan Pardew is a 12/1 shot.
Has Miller played his last game for Rangers?
"His agent has done him no favours..."— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) October 22, 2017
Ally McCoist thinks Kenny Miller may have played his last game for Rangers. pic.twitter.com/LrHO6P8BIE