October 27, 2017 / 6:14 PM / a year ago

Caixinha will bounce back after Rangers sacking, says Celtic's Rodgers

FILE PHOTO - Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers watches before an English Premier League soccer match against West Ham United at Upton Park in London April 6, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

(Reuters) - Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers expressed sympathy on Friday for his former Rangers counterpart Pedro Caixinha and said he was confident the Portuguese would bounce back quickly.

Caixinha, appointed by the Scottish Premiership side in March, was sacked on Thursday a day after a 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock left Rangers trailing their arch-rivals by eight points.

The 46-year-old’s seven-month spell in charge at Ibrox saw him win 14 of 26 games, but Rodgers suggested Caixinha should have been given longer to prove his credentials.

“I’m disappointed for Pedro,” Rodgers said. “From my chats with him I knew how much the job meant to him and how much he wanted to do well there.

“It’s another demonstration of modern football. Time, you just don’t get,” the Northern Irishman said.

“I have empathy for him and his job and I’m sure he will go on and get back into football sooner rather than later.”

Celtic have won the league for the last six seasons.

Rangers, Scottish champions a record 54 times, were demoted to the fourth tier in 2012 after going into administration, returning to the top flight in 2016.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; editing by John Stonestreet

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