Caix­inha praises his play­ers af­ter easy win

Rangers: Man­ager’ s re­lief as he brushes aside Miller con­tro­versy

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - SPORT -

Grate­ful Rangers man­ager Pe­dro Caix­inha thanked his play­ers for their show of sup­port as he avoided a Premier­ship slip-up at Hamil­ton last night.

Caix­inha’s po­si­tion has come un­der fresh scru­tiny since last week’s loss to Celtic.

An­other set­back against Ac­cies would have placed his Light Blues fu­ture in con­sid­er­able doubt but Rangers re­cov­ered from Hamil­ton’s first-minute opener to claim a 4-1 win and move into third place in the league ta­ble.

There was a clear dis­play of unity af­ter wide­man Daniel Can­deias net­ted their third goal. He made a bee-line for his man­ager be­fore drag­ging Caix­inha into the team’s cel­e­bra­tions – and it was a ges­ture the Por­tuguese ap­pre­ci­ated.

“I can ex­press that in a word that for me is very im­por­tant – grat­i­tude,” said Caix­inha, who cut a sub­dued fig­ure for most of the match.

“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.

“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.”

The vic­tory put a pos­i­tive slant on yet an­other day of drama at Ibrox af­ter it had emerged Caix­inha had ban­ished Kenny Miller from his squad.

Ac­cord­ing to reports the man­ager blames the veteran for a se­ries of dress­in­groom leaks in the wake of their Old Firm disappointment.

But Caix­inha was in no mood to dis­cuss the dis­pute af­ter the match.

“Look, I think it’s to­tally dis­re­spect­ful to keep ask­ing about Kenny Miller,” he said. “The 20 boys who were here tonight were fan­tas­tic. Kenny was not here be­cause I did not pick him.”

Caix­inha ap­peared to be head­ing for trou­ble when Danny Red­mond swept Ac­cies in front af­ter 57 sec­onds.

But on-loan Cardiff de­fender De­clan John smashed home a quick­fire dou­ble be­fore Can­deias made it three goals in six first-half min­utes to put Gers back in con­trol.

Gers had for­mer Don Ryan Jack sent off for two book­ings early in the sec­ond pe­riod but Gra­ham Dor­rans re­moved any doubt when he chipped a cheeky penalty home soon af­ter.

Caix­inha said: “I’m de­lighted with the re­ac­tion that I ex­pected and I asked for af­ter Celtic. The boys re­acted strongly.”

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