As reported by The Scotsman, new Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has set a rather lofty goal for his new team to achieve in his time at the club.
Rangers haven’t won a European trophy since 1972 when they lifted the now defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup but that hasn’t stopped the new boss dreaming of European glory days returning to Ibrox.
As quoted by The Scotsman, Caixinha said:
We are talking about European trophies, It will take time, for sure, but at this level you need to set goals up high. If you set them low it’s not enough. They need to be realistic at the same time. It’s going to take time to arrive there but it’s important to know you are following those goals. At this time, I agree, it’s not realistic. But we need to set targets which are realistic and ambitious at the same time. My ultimate goal is to even make this club bigger than it is.
Most Rangers are first and foremost focused on closing the gap on Celtic, currently 33 points behind the Scottish champions in the league.
Is Caixinha setting himself up for a fall by publicly announcing his hopes and dreams for Rangers?
Let’s be fair, this is probably what supporters themselves dream of too and it’s less than a decade ago that the Gers did the unthinkable and reached the UEFA Cup final.
Given their city rivals Celtic pride themselves on European performance, any progress in Europe at all is likely to be maddening for their supporters.
However, it’s certainly not what Caixinha is going to be judged on over the next few years. He’ll succeed or fail at the club based on his domestic performance first and foremost.
It may be prudent to focus on finishing second in the table before setting out your aims for European trophies.