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Kris Commons Goes in Hard on Pedro Caixinha and Says He’s Lost the Dressing Room

Kris Commons Goes in Hard on Pedro Caixinha and Says He’s Lost the Dressing Room

Kris Commons has hit Pedro Caixinha hard in his latest Scottish Daily Mail column.

The former Celtic and Scotland midfielder was part of the Sky Sports punditry team for Rangers’ weekend defeat to Celtic and wasn’t very complimentary of the Portuguese manager then.

But he’s followed it up with a stronger assessment of what’s going on at Ibrox, insisting Caixinha has lost the dressing room and the board must act.

That comes after a leak from the Rangers dressing room about the manager not being happy with the club’s home-grown players for failing to make him and the foreign summer signings feel welcome.

Commons believes Caixinha’s comments in the press are just getting worse and losing the dressing room means he can’t possibly continue as Rangers manager.

Commons, per the Daily Mail newspaper, said: “The Rangers board needs to act now on Pedro Caixinha. Once a manager has lost the dressing room, there is no way back.

“When you are in a divided dressing room, there will be players who down tools. There will be players who are not fit enough, who don’t want to put in the extra work.

“And there will be players that want to play well but when questioned in a game, will not go that extra yard.

“And I think that’s evident in the performances by Rangers. There’s something clearly wrong at Ibrox. It’s not happening, it’s not clicking.”

Commons then addressed the recent leak, saying: “They are a group of individuals and the fact that there is a leak leaves him with two options – clear out the whole changing room or find the source of the leak and get rid of them.

“But now he is saying it’s giving him more confidence that there’s a leak in his dressing room. I said weeks ago he is delusional but it’s mind-boggling. I don’t understand the guy’s mentality.”

Caixinha’s recent comments about the fitness of Carlos Pena, who the club signed for a reported £3million in the summer, caught Commons’ attention.

The ex-Celtic man said: “He comes out and makes a statement about his big signing Carlos Pena being in the top three fittest people at the club. That’s absolute nonsense.

“He was done after an hour against Celtic. If Pena is one of the fittest guys in that dressing room, then fitness is an issue for Rangers – in addition to all the other nonsense that’s going on.”

Caixinha is undoubtedly under pressure after the weekend’s result and the fallout afterwards.

But is he at the point where he should be worried about his job? Rangers play Hamilton at New Douglas Park tomorrow night and a strong showing would go a long way to ending all talk of dressing room issues at the club.

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