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CAIXINHA’S UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE

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RANGERS secured the their first ever victory over a hapless Ross County in Dingwall yesterday, to buy beleaguered boss Pedro Caixinha some time. Indeed with Celtic and St Johnstone sharing the points at Parkhead on Saturday, the 3-1 Rangers victory has narrowed the gap to just three points with only Aberdeen maintaining their 5 points lead over Rangers thanks to a dramatic 4-3 win at Firhill.

So it is fair to say that Caixinha has had worse days as he maintained his 100% win rate away from Ibrox in this season’s Premiership.

And with the international break now upon us, the Rangers boss has decided to give his players an extended rest period while he himself heads home to Portugal to go to University!

It’s never dull when Pedro’s involved!

The Portuguese revealed after the game in Dingwall that he will leave Director of Football Mark Allen in charge as the club attempts to add to the ten summer signings before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

And Caixinha would have been pleased to see earlier signings Alfredo Morelos (2) and Eduardo Herrera getting the goals in Dingwall.

 “I will go to Portugal for a university class and the players will have four days off to recover,” Caixinha revealed.

“While I’m away l will be in contact with Mark. We know what we want and we’re working on it.

“I was pleased with the first half, but I didn’t like the way we lost passes that led to the goal in the second-half.

“That led to the momentum shifting to the opponent.

“We lost a lot of balls and hat’ something we need to analyse with the boys.

“Alfredo is a goalscorer – he’s scoring goals and he’ll continue scoring goals. Morales is scoring so he’s growing in confidence.

“Herrera really needed his goal because he’s a hard worker, he’s desperate to score goals.

“I know him very well – he’s a guy who works really hard to get the things he wants.”

One of the summer arrivals that has caused a little head scratching is Carlos Pena. He was introduced yesterday from the bench and Caixinha  seemed pleased with his contribution.

“You saw how many times he gets in the box, even from wide left,” he observed.

“It’s about games and minutes for him, about getting a rhythm from playing.

“I know he will be a totally different player. I have no doubts about the type of player we have.

“Games like this teach us about winning. Sometimes you can’t play the best way, but the game is still about winning.

“So I’m pleased with the work of the boys and I’m pleased with the result.

“At 2-0 it’s always a false result. If you concede one goal the other team can get momentum – it happens everywhere.

“I asked the boys to be strong in the second-half but we didn’t get that strong.”

 

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