Date: 18th August 2017 at 6:31am
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Pedro Caixinha was speaking Portuguese with Helder Baptista when Neil Lennon visited the Manager’s Office at Ibrox on Saturday.

Regardless of what happens during a match it’s traditional that after the game both management teams get together even if it’s just for a few uncomfortable pleasantries.

During Hibs’ 3-2 win over Sevco at Ibrox Baptista reported Lennon to the police after he celebrated Simon Murray’s equaliser.

After the match Caixinha claimed that he wasn’t being shown respect by SPFL managers who he claimed had formed a union to exclude the fifth best coach in Qatar.

While Caixinha likes nothing more than the sound of his own voice and reproducing his carefully rehearsed sound-bites the prospect of sharing thoughts with a last 16 Champions League manager didn’t float his boat.

I paid him due respect before the game,” Lennon told The Sun about the current Ibrox boss. “I said he came across as a gentleman, and I paid Ibrox the compliment of saying it was a great amphitheatre.

I even complimented his team’s performance after the game.

So, other than kiss his feet, how much more respect does Pedro Caixinha want me to give him? That respect should have been afforded to me when we went into his office afterwards, but it wasn’t.

Respect is a two-way thing. I went into the office after the game. There was no conversation with myself or my backroom team.

I’ve never experienced that before. Only Jonatan Johansson and Craig Flannigan, the young fitness coach who was at Hibs, made conversation.

I spoke to Johansson and the fitness coach spoke to Grant Murray.

Pedro spoke to his assistant in Portuguese, which I understand a little bit of.

I would never do that whether you’ve had a ding-dong, whether the game has been great, or if there have been controversial decisions or a rammy during the game.

Even if you are in a foul mood afterwards, you speak to the other guy. Even after Old Firm games? Especially in Old Firm games.

It can be awkward at times, but there is that unwritten rule — there is respect. If Pedro wants that then he has to give some back.”

After an incredible week of training at the state-of-the-art Murray Park training complex Caixinha has declared that since his squad learned so much from the game against Hibs that it was actually a victory.

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