UNDER pressure Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha, was delighted at the progress made by his side after they held Marseille to a 1-1 draw at Ibrox yesterday.
The Portuguese rookie manager gave Bruno Alves and Graham Dorrans their first outings in the Light Blue jersey in the poorly attended, hastily arranged pre-season friendly.
Speaking to Rangers TV, Caixinha conveyed his happiness at how his side had progressed since their European exit.
“I really liked the team, especially in the first half or the first hour of the game,” he stated.
Rangers went behind to the French side when Valere Germain opened the scoring for the game. The team from France’s third largest city, couldn’t hold their lead and things were level when Croatian midfielder Niko Kranjcar hit a stunning free-kick.
Caixinha was happy at how his side faced up to the French, who had featured a mixture of youth and experience in their team, including Payet, Evra and Germain.
“They were really compact and controlled the game, and understood how to face a team like that,” he said.
Despite chances for both teams, the game fizzled out and finished 1-1, with the French looking to Thursday’s Europa League match away to KV Oostende.
“The only thing we were missing, like all the games we have played so far, was the definition. We created a lot of chances but we could not score,” the Ibrox gaffer acknowledged.
Rangers now face Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday at Hillsborough before kicking off their Ladbrokes Premiership campaign seven days later away to Motherwell.