Caix­inha calls on his squad to up the ante

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PE­DRO CAIX­INHA has de­manded fur­ther im­prove­ment from his Rangers squad as he pre­pares for his sec­ond out­ing as Ibrox man­ager, writes Chris Jack.

The Por­tuguese got his reign off to a per­fect start against Hamil­ton be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break as Rangers ran out com­fort­able 4-0 win­ners.

He has now had an­other fort­night to work with his play­ers at Auchen­howie as at­ten­tions have turned to the visit of Mother­well this week­end.

Rangers head into the match third in the Pre­mier­ship stand­ings but still with a chance of over­haul­ing Aberdeen to fin­ish best of the rest this term.

And Caix­inha is keen to see Rangers take an­other step in the right di­rec­tion af­ter putting in the hours on the train­ing pitch in re­cent days.

He said: “It is im­por­tant to es­tab­lish the pri­or­i­ties. When you es­tab­lish them though, we can­not es­tab­lish ev­ery­thing that my phi­los­o­phy is go­ing to de­mand from the team in terms of their per­for­mance.

“So, we need to es­tab­lish some

points which are the ba­sis – for ex­am­ple from the Hamil­ton game, in our opin­ion we were very good when we had the ball, try­ing to at­tack the op­po­nent’s goal etc, and when we didn’t have the ball we tried to at­tack the ball – that’s the ba­sis we want to build the team around.

“We have also been work­ing on our set pieces, and we see Scot­tish foot­ball has many dif­fer­ent types of set pieces from the op­po­nents we are fac­ing – both at­tack­ing and de­fend­ing – so we are try­ing to be fo­cused on that.”

Caix­inha was able to put most of his squad through their paces at Auchen­howie as he con­tin­ues to set­tle into life in Glas­gow.

Cap­tain Lee Wal­lace picked up a knock dur­ing his stint with Scot­land, while fel­low full-back Lee Hod­son was an un­used sub­sti­tute for North­ern Ire­land dur­ing their 2-0 World Cup qual­i­fier vic­tory over Nor­way.

Rangers played a bounce game with mem­bers of their first team and Un­der-20 squads to round off the first week of the in­ter­na­tional break.

And Caix­inha is pleased with the progress his side have been mak­ing as the count­down con­tin­ues to his sec­ond Ibrox ap­pear­ance on Satur­day.

“It is im­por­tant to have time, to have pa­tience and to know how to as­sess the right points for the play­ers in or­der to start mak­ing key pri­or­i­ties,” said Caix­inha.

“That is what we have been work­ing on.”

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