Caix­inha goes back to ba­sics

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - SPORTS -

RANGERS man­ager Pedro Caix­inha has gone “back to ba­sics” over the in­ter­na­tional break in a bid to im­prove his team’s de­fen­sive record.

The Ibrox men have scored 17 goals in eight Lad­brokes Premier­ship games this sea­son, more than any other team other than lead­ers Celtic, but their goals-against col­umn of 11 is five higher than Aberdeen and big­ger than both Hearts and Mother­well.

Caix­inha has pri­ori­tised his back-line ahead of this evening’s trip to St John­stone, who have also con­ceded 11 goals, and he is more con­fi­dent af­ter two weeks to work on the area.

The Por­tuguese coach said: “We were more fo­cused on the de­tails this week be­cause we make the anal­y­sis that we can­not con­cede so many goals and con­cede goals the way we are con­ced­ing them.

“We need to get back to the ba­sics of de­fend­ing. That’s what we have been fo­cused on. The boys did great the pre­vi­ous week when we trained much more in­ten­sively.

“This week we have fo­cused on the prin­ci­ples of what we want and ex­pect from the game. What we ex­pect is: don’t let the op­po­nent play their own game, and we want to play our game.

“Af­ter these cou­ple of weeks, I think we are much more solid as a team if we de­fend bet­ter and con­cede less goals, be­cause the dif­fer­ence of the goals scored is al­most noth­ing from the teams that are lead­ing the league.”

Rangers boss Pedro Caix­inha.

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