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Pedro Caixinha has not improved at new club Cruz Azul

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Pedro Caixinha has not improved at new club Cruz Azul

The former Rangers boss is struggling to find success at Cruz Azul after his torrid time at Ibrox.

Rangers have certainly had a mixed season in 2017-18. It started horrifically, being dumped out of Europe by Luxembourg minnows Progres Niederkorn and it did not get much better in the league. Things have however significantly improved since Rangers ditched Portuguese manager Pedro Caixinha.

His appointment was always controversial at Ibrox and, in truth, he never really won the fans over. He never really had any success at the club either and Rangers fans are far happier with the work of caretaker boss Graeme Murty.

Caixinha did, however, have a good record, especially in Mexico. He had led Santos Laguna to national success in 2015 so it was no surprise to see him head back to Mexico in December.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – AUGUST 12: Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha gestures during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The former Rangers man took the mantle at historic club Cruz Azul, who like Rangers are trying to rekindle their glory days.

But it has not been a successful return to Central America. Cruz Azul lost in their last outing, a 2-2 defeat v historic rivals Club America.

It was a loss that had fans of the club quickly forgetting the recent 5-0 win over Pachuca and with good reason. The former Rangers manager has now led Cruz Azul to just two wins in their last 13 games. Caixinha’s men are currently 15th in the Liga MX Apertura, just four points off the bottom.

Rangers fans will not be surprised. During his stint at Ibrox, the Portuguese did little to inspire the fans in Glasgow and brought in some questionable new players.

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO – MARCH 17: Pedro Caixinha, Head Coach of Cruz Azul gestures during the 12tth round match between Cruz Azul and Pumas UNAM as part of the Torneo Clausura 2018 Liga MX at Azul Stadium on March 17, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

Caixinha’s job at Cruz Azul now seems to be at threat and the Rangers faithful are probably still wondering what possessed the board to appoint the 47-year-old.

This summer Rangers face a job searching for their new gaffer. This time they must get it right if a challenge can be sustained for Celtic’s fabled hopes of 10 title wins in a row.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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