Rangers sur­vive early scare to seal easy win

Light Blues: Caix­inha’ s men put con­tro­versy to one side at Ac­cies

The Press and Journal (Inverness) - - SPORT -

Pe­dro Caix­inha avoided a dis­as­trous de­feat at Hamil­ton as his 10-man Rangers side claimed a com­fort­able 4-1 win at New Dou­glas Park last night.

The Por­tuguese again found him­self un­der scru­tiny af­ter an­other de­feat to ri­vals Celtic last week.

Things looked to be go­ing hor­ri­bly wrong again as Ac­cies’ Danny Red­mond net­ted in­side a minute.

But Gers re­sponded with three goals in six min­utes as Daniel Can­deias fol­lowed up on De­clan John’s quick-fire dou­ble.

Ryan Jack got him­self sent off early in the sec­ond pe­riod but Gra­ham Dor- rans calmed nerves with a fourth from the spot.

It was just the tonic Caix­inha needed af­ter an­other day of drama at Ibrox.

The lat­est twist to the Gers soap opera came yes­ter­day morn­ing as it emerged Kenny Miller had been ban­ished for the Light Blues first team af­ter be­ing re­port­edly blamed by the man­ager for dress­ing room leaks in the wake of their Old Firm disappointment.

It emerged this week that Caix­inha pointed the fin­ger of blame at his Scot­tish con­tin­gent for not mak­ing him and his for­eign im­ports more wel­come in Glas­gow.

But Rangers put on a uni­fied front as they pulled out a re­sult that will ease some of the pres­sure fac­ing their man­ager – for now.

They had to pick their heads up, how­ever, af­ter ship­ping the opener just 57 sec­onds into the game.

Rak­ish Bing­ham turned de­fender Fabio Car­dosso too eas­ily be­fore rac­ing through on goal. Wes Foder­ing­ham blocked the at­tacker’s shot but Red­mond bun­dled home the re­bound.

It may have been that early set­back, or the toll of an­other bruis­ing week, but Cax­inha looked sub­dued, sit­ting on the bench rather than bark­ing or­ders from the touch­line. He did not budge as John lev­elled on 21 min­utes.

Ac­cies goal­keeper Dar­ren Jamieson should have been down smarter and was partly to blame as John net­ted again three min­utes later, let­ting the full back’s shot go through his legs.

With Ac­cies still reel­ing, Gers added a third on 27 min­utes as Can­deias rammed home into the far cor­ner.

Ref­eree An­drew Dal­las then dis­missed Jack on 54 min­utes. The for­mer Don col­lected his first yel­low af­ter the in­ter­val for a late chal­lenge on Ali Craw­ford and had no de­fence af­ter fly­ing into Greg Docherty soon af­ter. But the Light Blues didn’t have to worry Dor­rans ex­tended their lead five min­utes penalty af­ter Gogic gave away the spot kick.

Ac­cies should have hit back on 72 min­utes when Ross McCrorie tripped Botti Bi­abi in the box but Foder­ing­ham pushed away Bing­ham’s tame penalty.

MARCH­ING OR­DERS: Rangers mid­fielder Ryan Jack leaves the field of play af­ter be­ing sent off against Hamil­ton last night

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