Rumour Mill: Pedro Caixinha '˜a disgrace' | Rangers star tweets picture of injury | Alves blasts semi-final referee

Pedro Caixinha has been called 'a disgrace' by Willie Miller over his actions in Rangers' semi-final loss to Motherwell, Fabio Cardoso has tweeted a shocking picture of his broken nose, and Bruno Alves has criticised the performance of match official Steven McLean.

Pedro Caixinha was sent to the stands during Rangers' Betfred Cup semi-final defeat to Motherwell. Picture: Michael Gillen
Pedro Caixinha was sent to the stands during Rangers' Betfred Cup semi-final defeat to Motherwell. Picture: Michael Gillen

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Cardoso’s posts picture of injury

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Fabio Cardoso has taken to Twitter to show the extent of the injury suffered during the second half of Rangers’ Betfred Cup semi-final loss to Motherwell. The centre-back appeared to be elbowed in the face by Motherwell striker Ryan Bowman, causing Cardoso to sustain a broken nose. Alongside a tweet thanking fans for their support, Cardoso posted a shocking photo of the injury. (Daily Record)

Pedro Caixinha was sent to the stands during Rangers' Betfred Cup semi-final defeat to Motherwell. Picture: Michael Gillen

Caixinha was ‘a disgrace’

Ex-Scotland centre-back Willie Miller called Pedro Caixinha’s actions “a disgrace” in the aftermath of Rangers’ Betfred Cup semi-final defeat to Motherwell. The Ibrox boss was sent to the stand during the second half after remonstrating with the referee and opposite number Stephen Robinson about the broken nose suffered by Fabio Cardoso. (BBC)

- Pedro Caixinha takes the blame for Rangers’ exit from the Betfred Cup. (The Scotsman)

Pedro Caixinha was sent to the stands during Rangers' Betfred Cup semi-final defeat to Motherwell. Picture: Michael Gillen

Alves blasts referee and Motherwell

Bruno Alves has criticised referee Steven McLean for failing to protect the Rangers players from Motherwell’s robust tactics. The centre-back pointed the finger of blame at the official for failing to punish an elbow on his centre-back partner Fabio Cardoso in the first few minutes, thus enabling their opponents to be overly physical for the remainder of the game. (Daily Record)

Motherwell thankful for Moult stay

Motherwell’s decision to reject a £350,000 offer for Louis Moult in the summer has paid off as his goalscoring exploits in the Betfred Cup will earn his club around three times that amount. Moult added to his double in the 3-0 quarter-final win over Aberdeen with both goals in his side’s 2-0 victory against Rangers on Sunday. (The Guardian)

Hughes favourite for Tannadice job

John Hughes last night emerged as front-runner to take over at Dundee United in the wake of Ray McKinnon’s sacking. McKinnon was axed just 17 months into the job following Saturday’s dismal defeat by Inverness which sent alarm bells ringing in the Tannadice boardroom. The Tangerines spent yesterday sounding out potential candidates to succeed McKinnon and it is understood 53-year-old Hughes is high on their list. (The Scotsman)

- Jim McIntyre is also in contention to make a swift return to football and take over from McKinnon at Tannadice. (Daily Record)

- Willo Flood last night slammed day-dreaming Dundee United players for costing manager Ray McKinnon his job – by believing they would simply cruise to the Championship title. (The Scotsman)

Hearts better equipped to handle derbies

Jamie Walker believes resurgent Hearts are equipped to banish their recent Easter Road woes in tomorrow night’s Edinburgh derby. The Tynecastle side have lost on their last three visits to Leith amid a seven-game run without a win over Hibs. However, Hearts will now head across the Capital for the first derby of the season in upbeat mood after Saturday’s victory over St Johnstone lifted them above their city rivals and into fifth place in the Premiership. (Evening News)

McGregor eyes back-to-back trebles

Celtic ace Callum McGregor hopes the victory over Hibernian in their Betfred Cup semi will act as a catalyst for the Parkhead club winning back-to-back domestic trebles. The 4-2 victory over Neil Lennon’s side means Celtic are 90 minutes away from making it four Scottish competitions won out of four under Brendan Rodgers. (Daily Record)

McInnes wants stars to show Scotland worth

Derek McInnes has challenged his Aberdeen stars to show they deserve a place in the Scotland squad by defeating Celtic on Wednesday night. The likes of Graeme Shinnie, Kenny McLean, Gary Mackay-Steven and Stevie May could benefit from the change in manager as previous boss Gordon Strachan largely ignored the best talents Pittodrie had to offer. (Evening Express)