The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Can Caix­inha chan­nel his in­ner Cor­byn and be a sur­prise act?


IF Jeremy Cor­byn can se­cure wins in Can­ter­bury and Kens­ing­ton, why shouldn’t Pe­dro Caix­inha be­lieve he can do the same at Celtic Park?

As good a week as it was for the Por­tuguese coach with the sign­ings con­tin­u­ing to roll in, it was noth­ing com­pared to that of the Labour leader.

Against all odds, his team are back in the game from an im­pos­si­ble po­si­tion. It does not take a quan­tum leap, if you are pre­pared to hu­mour me here, to see the in­spi­ra­tion Caix­inha could take as he hopes for his own dou­ble-digit points swing against Celtic.

The for­mer San­tos La­guna coach has also shown a sim­i­lar open­ness to pop­ulism, say­ing all those things about pas­sion and spirit the pun­ters love. He has been suc­cess­ful in get­ting his mes­sage out and sea­son ticket sales re­flect it.

Like­wise, he has been sur­round­ing him­self with his own peo­ple, pro­mot­ing a new phi­los­o­phy from within. The sign­ings made are def­i­nitely in­ter­est­ing. He just needs those men on the ground to de­liver now.

He also has to make sure the pos­i­tive mes­sages con­tinue against some harsh crit­i­cism. Stock phrases, sound­bites, ques­tion-dodg­ing and in­flex­i­bil­ity did for Theresa May, af­ter all, what it did for Mark War­bur­ton.

Caix­inha has been charis­matic so far. His re­mit is sim­i­lar to Cor­byn’s, too. He has to re-es­tab­lish Rangers as the main op­po­si­tion and put them in a com­fort­able sec­ond place. Do that and he’ll get another crack at the ti­tle.

Cor­byn has also taken his or­gan­i­sa­tion away from its past, toxic lead­er­ship. Rangers are on the way there and a de­cent cam­paign un­der Caix­inha should make the break com­plete.

The Craig Whyte trial did not de­liver what many Ibrox fans de­sired but it did shed vi­tal light on how the club ini­tially col­lapsed and the role played in it by Sir David Mur­ray.

All that can help bring clo­sure. It should also tem­per those in­flu­en­tial voices from the past who have con­tin­u­ally laid all the blame at the door of Lloyds Bank. Just like pol­i­tics, the truth tends to come out in the end.

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