Rangers chief: Celts have only won TWO in a row
with ( Pressley, Craig Gordon and Paul Hartley provided a Scottish core to the side), operating under a decent manager.
“You put it all together and it just worked. We won our first eight games in a row – a sequence which included a 1- 0 victory over the reigning champions, Rangers – and went top of the league.
“At that point, you were seeing a lot of people – who had predicted things would blow up in our faces – talking in terms of us winning the title.
“Of course, it wasn’t to be. After just two more matches – draws against Falkirk and Celtic – George was shown the door.
“That was the one change we definitely didn’t need. Things were never really the same after it.”
Ju s t ove r a ye ar la t e r, in unprecedented scenes, Pressley, Gordon and Hartley held the infamous “Riccarton Three” press conference, in which they spoke out about the “impossible task” faced by players in dealing with owner Romanov.
It had originally been scheduled to be the unveiling of Eduard Malofeev as the fourth Hearts manager since Burley.
The fall out was considerable, with Pressley – viewed as the leader of the trio – having his co n t ra ct te rm i n a t e d by th e Edinburgh club.
If former submariner Romanov thought the sanction would sink the defender’s playing career, he was wrong.
Pressley went on to have spells with Celtic, Danish club Randers and Falkirk before taking his first steps into coaching with the Bairns.
“Management gives you different experiences, and I completely understand what it is like to be in the situation Pedro Caixinha is in just now,” he continued.
“When I took over at Coventry City, I found myself almost immediately having to ostracise seven senior players, and it was a tremendously hard thing to do on a personal and professional level.
“That is seven guys who are more embedded in the environment than you are, and who will all potentially want to put the knife in if things don’t go well for you.
“The fact was, though, that if