PEDRO CAIXINHA has been ordered to unite his team by ex-player, Alex Rae. Rae has issued a rallying cry to the Ibrox club who were comfortably defeated by Celtic 2-0 in Saturday’s Glasgow Derby.
Speaking to the Sports Times, the 47-year-old gave his take on what the Rangers players had to do to shake off the defeat as pressure mounts.
“Psychologically, the Rangers players need to get back up.
“I have been there after an Old Firm defeat and it is not a pretty place. Going into training, it is not as bubbly, so it is a case of trying to galvanise themselves again for this weekend.”
Rae, who played for Rangers between 2004 and 2006, suffered defeats at the hands of O’Neill’s Celtic and Strachan’s Celtic when he played in Glasgow.
“There has been a lot said. It is OK saying things in press conferences but the talking can only be done on the pitch.
“An Old Firm (sic) defeat will always surpass any defeat in terms of magnitude and it doesn’t take you long to realise that.
“The scrutiny leading up to it and afterwards is always tenfold. That will always be the case and now it is about how this team react this weekend.
“If they thought getting beat by Celtic was bad, there will be all sorts of questions marks about everyone unless they step up to the plate. Hopefully they can do that.”
Pedro Caixinha has come under fire from the Rangers support who saw his antics at half-time with Scott Brown and the interviews afterwards as a sign of a man under pressure.
BT Sport’s live coverage of Hamilton Accies vs Rangers this Friday will determine whether Caixinha’s side have bounced back from the humiliation of the Celtic game or if Pedro’s number is up.