Pe­dro ready to kick off sea­son for real

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we con­trolled the game. Some­times in a game you need to suf­fer and you know how to suf­fer and you have that qual­ity and ex­pe­ri­ence in the team to do that.

“I don’t need to an­swer [what has changed] to you. You just look at the match re­port and see the play­ers and you see the dif­fer­ence.

“Also, they have had time for them to know each other. This is the first week from Wed­nes­day un­til now that the team has been al­to­gether.

“I told you I am not a ma­gi­cian but I am some­one with a strong men­tal­ity and a win­ning men­tal­ity to take this club for­ward. But we need time and we know we have the right tools now.

“I’m not a guy who gets wor­ried about the past. I can­not change the course of the past so I am not wor­ried about it. I’m fo­cused and I know that I can change the course of the fu­ture.”

The win over Wed­nes­day was the lat­est step on the road to re­cov­ery for Rangers fol­low­ing their hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat in Lux­em­bourg.

Caix­inha’s side drew with Mar­seille last week­end be­fore beat­ing Wat­ford in mid­week and the Por­tuguese is pleased with the progress be­ing made at Ibrox.

He said: “Not only in train­ing but in matches. We have played who are ter­rific on the train­ing pitch but when they get in a game they don’t do the same.

“But now we have play­ers who train hard, work hard and play hard. That’s the main dif­fer­ence. But we know we were not the worst in those mo­ments.

“We are not the best now. We need to keep work­ing and fo­cus.”

Caix­inha has fielded a set­tled start­ing line-up in his last three warm-up fixtures but was forced into a change yes­ter­day af­ter de­fender James Tav­ernier picked up a knock against Wat­ford.

Lee Hod­son filled in at right-back against the Owls and will have to deputise at Fir Park if Tav­ernier doesn’t re­cover in time.

Caix­inha said: “He re­ceived a kick in the Wat­ford match and he was sub­sti­tuted in the mid­dle of the first half.

“That’s why he did not play to­day but Lee did a fan­tas­tic job. We are wait­ing for the med­i­cal re­ports but we hope he will be back train­ing on Tues­day.”

Sev­eral of Caix­inha’s sum­mer sign­ings started at Hills­bor­ough and the likes of Bruno Alves, Ryan Jack and Graham Dor­rans again caught the eye in an im­pres­sive team dis­play.

Winger Jamie Walker re­mains on Caix­inha’s shop­ping list in the com­ing weeks and a move ap­pears to be closer af­ter he was dropped by Hearts boss Ian Cathro fol­low­ing spec­u­la­tion over his Tynecas­tle fu­ture.

Caix­inha said: “I said pre­vi­ously that I’m not go­ing to talk about play­ers from other teams.

“We know what we want and we know the hard work and sac­ri­fice that the chair­man and the board are mak­ing.

“We know our tar­gets and we know we still have a month un­til the end of the trans­fer win­dow.”

Sev­eral Caix­inha sign­ings caught the eye in win

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