Caix­inha can­celled our day off to boost team spirit, re­veals Hal­l­i­day

The Herald - Herald Sport - - LADBROKES PREMIERSHIP - MATTHEW LIND­SAY

ANDY HAL­L­I­DAY, the Rangers mid­fielder, has re­vealed how Pe­dro Caix­inha, the new Ibrox man­ager, has can­celled one of their days off in a bid to bring the squad closer to­gether and im­prove form.

Hal­l­i­day has re­turned to train­ing at Auchen­howie this week af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a ham­string in­jury and has en­joyed work­ing un­der the Por­tuguese coach.

The 25-year-old has ad­mit­ted the for­mer Uniao Leiria, Na­cional, San­tos La­guna and Al-Gharafa coach has made an in­stant im­pact since suc­ceed­ing Mark War­bur­ton ear­lier this month.

“We are in an ex­tra day,” he said. “The day off on the Wed­nes­day has been scrapped. But I do re­ally think the boys have en­joyed it. It is hard work, but it is cer­tainly en­joy­able.

“There has to be time to adapt to the new train­ing regime, but we have done it re­ally well.

“He has been de­lighted with the way the boys have trained and the in­ten­sity of the train­ing ses­sion. But if you slack off and you aren’t putting in the ef­fort, he will cer­tainly tell you about it.

“The Tues­day is re­ally phys­i­cal. When he brings us in on a Wed­nes­day it is re­ally just a re­cov­ery day. He just wants us to be in and see each other’s faces and gel as a group of play­ers and get to know the staff a bit bet­ter.

“The train­ing has been in­tense and there’s ob­vi­ously the ex­tra dou­ble ses­sion on a Tues­day. You en­joy work­ing hard though, so it’s been a very pos­i­tive first cou­ple of weeks and hope­fully that can con­tinue.”

Rangers’ per­for­mances this year have left much to be de­sired and have seen them fall eight points be­hind sec­ond­placed Aberdeen in the Lad­brokes Premier­ship ta­ble.

Hal­l­i­day has stressed Caix­inha, who ar­rived in Scot­land with a no-nonsense rep­u­ta­tion, is de­ter­mined to turn their cam­paign around in the re­main­ing matches of the 2016/17 cam­paign.

“We are all try­ing to get that one goal and get good re­sults on the park,” he said. “It has sort of got away from us. It has been well doc­u­mented we have had quite a lot of poor re­sults this sea­son.

“The new man­ager has tried to change the men­tal­ity. He wants to get that win­ning ment alit y back. Most im­por­tantly, he wants to gel that team to­gether.

“That ex­tra day has cer­tainly helped that be­cause we see each other ev­ery day now.

“It is good. The train­ing has been re­ally en­joy­able. I think the boys have adapted to the new train­ing sched­ule, the new way of think­ing, the new way of play­ing. First im­pres­sions have been re­ally good. Long may it con­tinue.

“The boys got off to a good start with a con­vinc­ing win against Hamil­ton. Hope­fully we will do the same again at the week­end.”

SHOW­ING THEIR SUP­PORT: Andy Hal­l­i­day and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ste­wart Robert­son launch the Ibrox club’s new com­mu­nity en­gage­ment pro­gramme.

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