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.