PEDRO CAIXINHA has expressed his relief and gratitude at his players for bouncing back from their Glasgow Derby defeat to Celtic at Ibrox last week. Hamilton were swept aside as the Rangers team rallied behind their manager amidst rumours of unrest in the dressing room.
The build-up to the game was overshadowed by the news that Kenny Miller had been dropped from the squad, which has all but signified that he has played his last game under Caixinha as rumours circle that he had been undermining the Portuguese gaffer’s authority.
Speaking after the win at the SuperSeal stadium, Caixinha gave the players a glowing report.
“I can express that in a word that for me is very important – gratitude.”
“You bring me to be here, you bring me to Rangers, as the Rangers manager, I am going to give everything to you, give my life to you.”
Upon scoring the third for the Light Blues’, Daniel Candeias rushed to embrace his compatriot on the touchline, a gesture that Caixinha was appreciative of.
“I’m a man of principal so I appreciate the gratitude from Daniel.
“I said that we really need to know what they are made of. I know what they are made of.
“I sent this challenge to them and they said yes, we are here to play for Rangers, to play for us – and to play for you because you bring us here.”
Speaking of the team meeting during the week, Caixinha was coy and said that he had asked for a reaction and was duly reciprocated with the 4-1 win.
“I’m delighted with the reaction that I expected and I asked for after Celtic. The boys reacted strongly.
“The result and the performance was positive. The boys really reacted – and showed that they are together.”
Two goals from loanee Declan John, Candeias and a penalty from Dorrans sealed the victory for Caixinha’s side who now move up to third, at least until St Johnstone play tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Kenny Miller’s banishment from the squad has proved to be a vital decision by Caixinha to win back the doubters within the dressing-room and in doing so could be the spark that revitalises the performances of other players going forward. The 37-year-old will now report for training with Murty’s U20s, which could spell the end for his Rangers career, and even his career as a whole.