THE RANGERS and ABERDEEN gaffers continued with their managerial handbags at Ibrox last night after Derek McInnes’ men came away with the spoils with a comfortable 2-1 victory in this second meets third Premiership clash.
Pedro Caixinha had already GUARANTEED that his side would defeat Aberdeen home and away. A 3-0 win at Pittodrie last month got his promise off to a decent start by McInnes took his revenge last night and it was all the sweeter given the remarkable row the pair have had in public this week.
Derek McInnes was accused of being ‘disrespectful’ by his Rangers counterpart following Aberdeen’s 2-1 win at Ibrox. Caixinha had started the spat by saying that Aberdeen were set to lose their best players and were on a downward spiral.
McInnes responded by labelling the Rangers season as ‘embarrassing’ and commenting that Caixinha was a man that liked ‘to talk a lot’.
Caixinha, who arrived in Glasgow from Qatar, spoke about McInnes after last night’s 2-1 home defeat.
“I was just saluting him and saying I didn’t understand the reason why he invited me to be received in his office and didn’t show up at the previous match,”
“So I said that if you didn’t show up in the previous match, you are definitely not welcome to come to my office. It is a question of respect.”
“If I am not being respected then, please, don’t show up. If he didn’t show up and I waited more than 15 minutes, what do you call that? What do you call that?”
“I am a guy who came here to do my job. I know I am maybe the only foreigner but I have already passed through this situation in Mexico, so I am used to it. But I am here to win and here to defend this club.”
McInnes, an ex- Rangers player, was widely touted to succeed Mark Warburton but the Ibrox club decided to go with the unknown quantity of Portuguese.
When Caixinha’s comments were put to the Aberdeen manager, he curtly responded “He’s wrong. I was doing my media duties as I normally do. I’ve never been like that with any manager and never would be. Any manager is welcome in my office, so it’s not something you could aim at me.
“He is wrong, he is mistaken. If he thinks that, maybe he should have said to me before. Tony and my staff were there at the time and said he came in, had a quick glass of wine and shot away. He made his apologies for having to leave soon.
“I was still doing my media work and it was no longer than any other time. I would never disrespect any manager after the game.
“I might try and get into his office tonight. I argue with most managers during a game. There was nothing more than that tonight. Everyone is just fighting their corner for the team during the game. There was nothing after the game either, I was out saluting our fans.”
The result will build the confidence of the Aberdeen support ahead of the Scottish Cup final with Celtic in Glasgow next Saturday after they bounced back from the 3-1 home defeat to the Champions. They have another game in Glasgow before that when they sign off on their league campaign against Patrick Thistle at the weekend.
Celtic face Thistle at Firhill this evening hoping to maintain their invincible domestic season.
Talking about the action match and not the managerial handbags Caixinha faced up to his latest set-back in a match that he promised the Rangers support that he would win.
“I think we couldn’t cope in the first half and at the beginning of the second with the pressure that the opponent placed on us, especially in the midfield and up the park,” he reflected.
“We couldn’t beat the pressure, we couldn’t have the ball, we couldn’t have the second ball and have the team compact.
“Those are the points where the opponent were stronger than us. Besides that, after losing 2-0 so early in the second half, the boys on the park tried to do their very best.
“When our goal came, I really believed it was possible to draw the match,” he said.
“We keep fighting until the end but it was not possible so Aberdeen won the game.
“I am not focused on Aberdeen next season. The focus at this club is always to be number one. We don’t have a misunderstanding here.
“I am in this chair so I know what it means to represent this club.
“Many others would like to be here but they aren’t. That is the situation we need to deal with.
“I know what the job represents,” Pedro said.
“I am here to defend the club and work for the club. That is what I am doing. We will speak for next season for sure.”