HAMILTON ACCIES boss Martin Canning reckons his team are heading into the unknown when they face Pedro Caixinha’s Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday.
The Portuguese coach, who was put in charge at Ibrox only five days ago, will make his debut in Scottish football after working in Mexico with Santos Laguna and in Qatar with Al-Gharafa.
And Canning, whose side lost 6-0 at Ibrox in the Scottish Cup less than a fortnight ago, admitted: “It changes slightly in the fact that it is a little bit unknown, in terms of how he will set up.

“I’ve checked back with his previous clubs and have seen how they have played, but I would imagine that would be dependent on the players he feels he has got to play in the positions he wants them to play.

“He will want to put his own stamp on it straight away. I don’t think he would feel the need to stick with what they have been doing.

“He might if he feels that is the best way to go about it, but I think he will want to do his own thing.

“That is a part of being the first team to play them when it is a new manager, you have to prepare as best you can, but there is always that little question mark.”

Canning added: “The atmosphere in the stadium is going to be a little bit more intense than it would normally be.

“With the new guy coming in, the players will be desperate to impress and the fans will want to get behind the team.

“I will imagine it will be a very similar atmosphere to the opening day of the season when they were just up and it was a big day for them.

“We have to make sure we do our own job. The mindset has to be the same as the first game in August when we got a 1-1 draw.”


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