Caixinha praises his players after easy win
Rangers: Manager’ s relief as he brushes aside Miller controversy
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.”