PEDRO CAIXINHA believes that this season’s big money signing Joe Garner can head his new look Rangers side to glory next season.
And the Portuguese boss is looking to provide ample service for the Englishman by focusing on recruiting some wide boys to set up the chances for Garner to head home. Garner perhaps gave a glimpse of what is to come on Saturday with his spectacular diving header to open the scoring against Hearts at Ibrox.
The former Prseton also scored the dramatic winner in the previous match when Rangers came back from the dead to snatch the points at Firhill.
Saturday’s goal took Garner into double figures for the season, although he did spend some time on the sidelines after being rushed to A&E on Hogmanay in the build up to Rangers opening the scoring against Celtic.
Speaking about his plans for Garner for next season the Rangers gaffer was clear where the goals can come from next term.
“You only know the players when you work with them on a daily basis and you start knowing the patterns from the players who can give it to you and their strengths and weaknesses as well,” Caixinha said.
“Joe can help any team because he is a goalscorer if the ball gets into the box. If we are not attacking properly, and getting the ball into the box in different ways rather than from the wide areas then Joe will be there but he won’t receive the ball.
“In the last two games the balls have arrived on the exact spot he likes to be and he likes to attack. He feels fantastic in that part of the pitch and he can score goals there.
“If we have a team who can work and spend more time on the surrounds of the box and the ball arrives more with more quality in the box then he will score more goals for sure.
“We are looking to have much more association with the wide areas next season and increase those combinations.
“We are looking for the arrival of totally different sorts of players to perform in that zone of the park. I want a team who can change the pattern by playing inside, playing behind and switch the play.
“We want to play in the wide areas; we want a better relationship between the wingers and the full-backs and between shadow strikers and strikers.
“So we want all those type of relationships to improve but definitely we want to play more in the wide areas.”