SHELL-SHOCKED Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha didn’t try to hide as his team were hammered 5-1 by a rampant Celtic side at Ibrox this afternoon.
Brendan Rodgers’ side won the High Noon shoot-out with bullets to spare after taking control of the game early on – as they did last week in the 2-0 Scottish Cup semi-final victory at Hampden.
Goals from Scott Sinclair (pen), Leigh Griffiths, Callum McGregor, Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig piled on the misery for the Portuguese coach.
Kenny Miller hit a consolation effort, but by then the game was over as the Parkhead side eased up heading for full-time.
Caixinha insisted he took responsibility and any criticism of the team should be aimed at him.
He said: “It’s not a question about being disappointed, it’s more a question of being realistic. After a 5-1 defeat you have not that much to say.
“They were better. They deserved to win and that’s the history of the game.”
Reflecting on where it went wrong for his side, Caixinha explained that, although his players stuck to their pre-match plan of attack, it all unravelled when Griffiths walloped in his scorching shot in the 18th minute.
He said: “Things changed after the second goal.
“We really believe that the team were doing what we work towards every week, but it just took five minutes for everything to change.
“The only guilt here and the man responsible is me. The players did everything and they were ready. I take all responsibility about this result and performance.”
He added: “We need to be stronger. It’s not only a question of money, but it’s making the right choices.”