In Focus: Wilson’s comments demonstrate how shambolic Caixinha’s reign at Rangers was

As reported by The Scottish Sun, former Rangers defender Danny Wilson has opened up on what it was like to work under Pedro Caixinha at the Ibrox club, also lifting lid on the club’s dreadful 5-1 defeat to Celtic at the end of last season.

What’s the story?

Currently preparing for the new Major League Soccer season after making a move to Colorado Rapids, Wilson is embarking on a new stage of his footballing career.

However, he’s also been reflecting on his time at Rangers and has spoken at length to The Scottish Sun about Pedro Caixinha’s ill-fated reign at Ibrox.

Arguably the worst day of his spell as manager came when Celtic thrashed the Light Blues at Ibrox, winning 5-1 in a match that Hoops supporters are unlikely to let rival fans forget anytime soon.

Now, Wilson has blasted the tactics that day as ‘criminal’.

As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Wilson said:

The 5-1 at Ibrox should never have happened. It was early in Pedro’s reign. For some reason in that game we decided to go with a diamond. We’d worked on it in training and the idea was we played narrow in the middle and showed Celtic the outside.

But that was criminal, considering they had Tierney and Sinclair on one side and Patrick Roberts on the other.

You just don’t show the ball to their best players. I’ve never watched the game back — I don’t think I ever could.

We didn’t do anything to try and stop it.

We didn’t try and change shape, we didn’t try and sit in. Even at half time, as we were arguing and feelings were running high, we didn’t do anything to change things.

We ended up completely embarrassed that day.

It’s a day that Rangers fans will likely want to forget but the defender’s comments do highlight just how bad things were under the Portuguese and perhaps offer hope about the future under Graeme Murty.

Then vs now

It’s clear that the Rangers players never really fully bought into Pedro Caixinha’s vision of how they should play and the match against Celtic was just one of a number of dreadful, embarrassing results when he was manager.

The current team under Murty look like a completely different outfit with players like Josh Windass completely transformed and new stars like Jason Cummings, Jamie Murphy and Greg Docherty fitting in very nicely indeed.

The former U20s coach may not have the experience or trophy winning pedigree of Caixinha, but he understands what supporters want to see from a Rangers team and despite a few hiccups along the way, is delivering on that so far.