Pedro Caixinha is no longer the Rangers manager after being sacked by the club yesterday.
The Portuguese manager lasted just seven months in the job at Ibrox, failing to secure second in the Premiership last term and unable to start this campaign well enough to keep his job.
While attention will now turn to who replaces him in the role at Rangers, there will be a fairly extensive post-mortem to find out what went wrong at the club under his tenure.
And here we’ve picked out nine moments which probably didn’t help him as Dave King and the Ibrox board considered his future yesterday:
1 – Best squad in Scotland headline
Regardless of what you think of Caixinha’s true meaning when saying this, giving anyone the opportunity to associate this headline with him was a bad start to life in Scotland. In case you missed what he said, here it is via stv.tv: “For us this is the best squad in Scotland, we are going to work with the best squad in Scotland, so we just need to give them that confidence.
“The question is it is a huge difference to watch the games on video and from the stands to working with the players on a regular basis.
“I already met some of the players early in the morning, it was quite a good first impression but we have to establish that relationship with them.
“I do believe relations can make the difference and that’s what we are going to do from the very beginning, starting from tomorrow.”
2 – Biggest loss to Celtic at Ibrox
The last time Rangers lost to Celtic by four goals was in 1897 – and this 5-1 defeat was arguably worse given the amount of goals scored by their fierce rivals. It’s as bad as any living fan has ever seen in the game. It came under Caixinha’s reign.
3 – First Aberdeen win at Ibrox in 26 years
You had to go back to 1991 to find the last time Aberdeen had won at Ibrox, but that’s another record that fell while Caixinha was manager. At no point did Rangers look like they were capable of overtaking the Dons as the second team in Scotland.
4 – Loss to Progres Niederkorn
After finishing third in the Premiership last season, fans would have been hopeful for a Europa League run – despite entering qualifying in the early rounds. That didn’t happen as Rangers lost out to Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn 2-1 on aggregate. As European defeats go, that’s up there with one of the worst in Scottish history.
5 – Signing Carlos Pena
Not only did Caixinha sign Pena, but the midfielder is believed to have cost ‘almost £4million’. He hasn’t looked like a £400 player let alone a £4m one in the appearances he’s made. The Mexican has scored goals, but he’s offered very little in the rest of play – and, most importantly, has failed to make any impact in big games against Celtic and Motherwell. You’d have to think that a new manager coming in probably won’t be too keen on Pena too – meaning Rangers stand to lose out if he’s shipped on.
6 – Dogs and caravans
While results were inconsistent on the park, some of Caixinha’s public statements didn’t help matters. His line about dogs and caravans will always be remembered – and it’s no doubt one he wishes he never made given the reaction to it. In case you missed that, this is what Caixinha said, per scotsman.com: “I always felt the support of the fans in the stadium.
“What I need to tell you, and it’s a Portuguese saying, ‘the dogs bark and the caravan keeps going’. That means that we are focused in our work. We are all together in the same direction.
“So we are the ones that know what direction we are going and the fans are supporting us.”
7 – Incorporating vampires into his pre-Motherwell comments
It wasn’t anywhere near as bad as dogs and caravans, but was there really any need to incorporate vampires into his comments before the Betfred Cup semi-final loss to Motherwell? Probably not – and it’s just another example of when Caixinha gave the media an open goal in poking fun at him. He said, per dailyrecord.co.uk: “The vampires taste the flavour of the blood and they want more, they need it.
“It’s the same with the competitive teams and clubs, competitive players and competitive managers. They like the way the blood tastes.
“I did it at Santos Laguna in Mexico and it’s like a sort of addiction, you know?
“People are addicted to smoking or eating good or playing sport. I am an addict to the win – that’s why I work so hard because my focus is to win.
“And if the addict doesn’t get his fix? Keep working.”
8 – Losing to Motherwell in the Betfred Cup semi
Rangers fans rightly expected to give Motherwell a better game than they actually did in last weekend’s semi-final at Hampden. Having seen Celtic beat Hibs to get to the final the day before, Rangers and Caixinha knew what was at stake – but they didn’t produce a good enough performance and ended up losing 2-0. That just continued the Portuguese manager’s record of not producing in big games as Rangers manager.
9 – Blowing a 1-0 lead late on to draw at home with Kilmarnock
With the pressure at its most intense going into the game, Caixinha watched on from the stands as his team threw away a 1-0 lead in injury time. They actually had a penalty to make it 2-0, but Daniel Candeias missed before Killie broke up the park to equalise and grab a draw. At the end of Caixinha’s reign, Rangers trail Celtic by eight points in the league and the champions already look favourites to win the first cup available.