RANGERS boss Pedro Caixinha admitted he wasn’t a miracle worker as the Ibrox club marked their return to Europe with an uninspiring 1-0 win over Progres Niederkorn.
But the Portuguese coach promised his team will be much better in the second leg of next week’s Europa League qualifier.
Kenny Miller’s first-half strike secured a narrow advantage over the Luxembourg part-timers.
Caixinha admitted he expected more from his players, but accepted it was impossible to be fully prepared after a pre-season lasting only three weeks.
“It’s not a question of fitness, it’s a question of time to get the fitness,” he said.
“I’m not a guy who can make miracles in three weeks and just like this the team is ready to get the rhythm of playing, you only get it by playing and by time.
“Only between five and six weeks in pre-season one team is ready to play and we’ve had just three, so we know the reality we are facing.
“The majority of the players had a good performance, a good rhythm. It’s not a question of fitness, but it’s more a question of better decisions and more aggression.
“‘I am not patient, but we need to understand where we are. This is the first challenge.
“We were all expecting to win by more, but we have to give value to the team we were facing.
“They played with their weapons, defending and looking for a mistake from us.
“If we were not having the quality and the ideas since we have been working on day one, I would maybe a bit more worried.
”But I know that it is a question of time. And I know for sure that next Tuesday the team will be much better.
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”It is half time and we are winning. We also know the away goal is important.
“I don’t want the team to think that we are winning going there and to just think about a draw or a 2-1 or whatever.
“I just think about winning. This is the mentality of our club and the standards demanded. This is the way we need to think.
“We are going there to play it like a final. And when the game starts we have to have to think the game is a draw and that a win will take us to the next stage.”