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County a fort­night ago. “I’m not sure,” Wal­lace said when asked if Caix­inha would get the same level of crit­i­cism to­wards him if he wasn’t for­eign.

“I re­mem­ber watch­ing the sit­u­a­tion you are talking about and I did feel there was a small part of that.

“I’m not sure if it was Bren­dan Rodgers stand­ing next to the guys that that might have been the way that the ques­tions were go­ing. These guys are in these jobs for these rea­sons, and we will never com­plain about that.

“We just have to get on with it, keep fight­ing through that, and un­der­stand that some­times that is the way the things go, es­pe­cially be­ing at a top club.

“We are al­ways ready for these kind of sit­u­a­tions and I think the man­ager was quite strong and han­dled him­self well.”

Af­ter back-to-back wins over County and Dundee, Rangers have a chance to go top of t he ta­ble when they face Partick This­tle this evening.

And Wal­lace is con­fi­dent Caix­inha’s strong char­ac­ter will help him han­dle any flak that comes his way this term.

He said: “We know as play­ers that he is very strong in his ways. He will never de­vi­ate from how he works on the train­ing pitch.

“It is very spe­cific to how we try to play on a Satur­day. There is a real speci­ficity in how we go from train­ing to game and the play­ers re­spond well to that.

“He un­der­stands the scru­tiny here. He has ad­justed quite quickly to that, hav­ing come from the cul­ture of the dif­fer­ent coun­tries he has worked in.

“He knows it’s a mas­sive club. He to­tally un­der­stands the scru­tiny and the flak that will come his way. It has never changed him as a per­son.

“He’s re­ally, re­ally strong. He’s very good on the train­ing ground, very good one-to-one.

“I am sure he will be happy with the way things have gone, but he also recog­nises that there is a long way to go.”

The pres­sure on Caix­inha’s shoul­ders reached a crescendo fol­low­ing their Euro hu­mil­i­a­tion against Pro­gres Niederkorn and the Por­tuguese still has doubters to win over and crit­ics to si­lence.

Caix­inha has re­peat­edly come un­der fire in some quar­ters for his claims that he has the best squad in Scot­land.

But Wal­lace in­sists the Ibrox squad are in­spired by the Por­tuguese’s mes­sages as the Gers strive for suc­cess this sea­son.

He said: “We al­ways re­spect what­ever the man­ager says and, at the same time as an aspir­ing coach my­self, I can to­tally un­der­stand where the man­ager is com­ing from.

“I get why you guys take it how you take it, which is fine, but I can to­tally un­der­stand that the man­ager is show­ing he has got top faith in his play­ers as in­di­vid­u­als and as a team. We want to make sure he is proven right.

“It is nice and that is one thing he has got, whether it is a train­ing day, when we watch his press con­fer­ences, the pre-match stuff, he is in­spi­ra­tional.

“He is very pas­sion­ate and very mo­ti­vated and we re­spond well to that.

“We re­spect what he says and we want to try and prove him right i n the long run.”

Bren­dan Rodgers gets less crit­i­cism, says Lee

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