Pedro Caixinha sacked: Rangers axe manager and release statement on next move

Celtic's 2-1 win over Barcelona under Neil Lennon in 2012 was achieved with 27% possession

Celtic's 2-1 win over Barcelona under Neil Lennon in 2012 was achieved with 27% possession

Caixinha had demanded a winning response after accusing his players of "embarrassing" the club in Sunday's Betfred Cup semi-final defeat by Motherwell.

Caixinha's fate was sealed on Thursday afternoon, less than 24 hours after Rangers' 1-1 draw at home to Kilmarnock - in which Gers winger Daniel Candeias missed penalty while his side were 1-0 up in second-half added time.

Who will be the next Rangers manager?

In his time in charge at Ibrox, Caixinha failed to win three games in a row and presided over Rangers' humiliating Europa League exit at the hands of Luxembourg's Progrès Niederkorn.

Rangers have confirmed that manager Pedro Caixinha has parted company with the club.


Rangers chairman Dave King and his directors decided not to continue with the Portuguese boss in the dugout, however, and will now begin a search for a new manager.

Rangers are now eight points off Celtic in the title race and after the draw last night Caixinha said: "I say to the supporters they're the most loyal fans in the world".

A summer overhaul of the playing squad brought 11 players into Ibrox, with the manager backed financially to recruit from Mexico and Portugal as well as bringing in British players.

There was also a recent and curious stand-off between Caixinha and one of his most senior players, Kenny Miller.

The Portuguese manager was under vast pressure following the 2-0 defeat to Motherwell at Hampden in the Betfred Cup Final before last night's 1-1 home draw to Kilmarnock.

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