Child’s play pays off for Caix­inha

Sunday Herald - - SPORT -

NEW Rangers man­ager Pe­dro Caix­inha ex­pressed his sat­is­fac­tion with an open­ing 4-0 home win over Hamil­ton Aca­dem­i­cal and re­vealed he had asked his play­ers to ex­press them­selves like chil­dren, writes Graeme

Macpher­son. Goals from Emerson Hyn­d­man, Clint Hill, Mar­tyn Waghorn and Lee Wallace handed the Por­tuguese the ideal start in his first game in charge.

“My first state­ment to the play­ers in the dress­ing room to­day was, “I want you to en­joy it,” said Caix­inha. “If you are here and you are anx­ious, things are not go­ing to work. So I want them to be happy. I want our team to play like they are kids. Kids love to play foot­ball, right? All the pro­fes­sion­als start as a kid dream­ing of one day be­ing in this po­si­tion. Now they are in this po­si­tion they need to en­joy it the same. So they did it and I am pleased about that.”

Caix­inha was af­forded a rous­ing pre-match re­cep­tion from the 49,090 in­side Ibrox and hoped to harness that en­ergy to make the ground “a fortress”.

He said: “It was fan­tas­tic but I like Tina Turner and I would pre­fer to get out there when she is singing Sim­ply the Best! Hav­ing 50,000 peo­ple sup­port­ing you and the team is some­thing you will keep in­side your mind and re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate. This is our home but we want this to be more than our home. We want to play all the time with an ex­tra player, if pos­si­ble 50,000 ex­tra play­ers. So I don’t be­lieve it just needs to be our home, it needs to be our fortress.”

Caix­inha was pleased to see his early in­struc­tions taken on board by the play­ers. “I be­lieve you saw more switches of play, more wide com­bi­na­tions and ar­rivals, more re­gain­ing pos­ses­sion and look­ing for the space, and once the space was there, at­tack­ing that space.”

Caix­inha will stick to the reg­u­lar train­ing sched­ule over the in­ter­na­tional break and will ar­range a bounce match next Satur­day to finish their week’s work.

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