Rangers survive early scare to seal easy win
Light Blues: Caixinha’ s men put controversy to one side at Accies
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