Pedro Caixinha says sickness was the reason behind his downbeat performance in the Rangers dugout tonight.
The Ibrox manager wasn’t his usual self as he led his team in this evening’s Scottish Premiership clash against Hamilton.
He’s had to deal with a week of stories and criticism surrounding the job he’s doing with Rangers – all coming off the back of a 2-0 defeat to Celtic in Govan.
It was first reported that Caixinha had a showdown with his squad over the homegrown players’ bad welcome of the foreign summer signings.
That was then followed by some bizarre comments from the Portuguese manager in the press and it got no quieter going into tonight’s game as it was reported that Kenny Miller had been banished from the squad for an unknown reason.
So seeing a more reserved Caixinha in the dugout perhaps wasn’t a surprise, particularly after the criticism he faced for squaring up to Scott Brown in last week’s game against Celtic.
But it certainly surprised Chris Sutton and some others in the BT Sport team – with plenty assuming that Caixinha was playing a smaller role to put more focus on the team.
Instead, it was purely because he was sick, according to Caixinha.
Speaking to Rangers TV post-match, he said: “I’m just like this today because I’m with fever, I’m sick, I’m not well.
“I’m a warrior, but the warriors are also sometimes sick. But I was with my head and thoughts on the game and that’s what really matters.”
So there wasn’t anything wrong with Caixinha apart from some sickness.