Pedro Caixinha will take charge of his second game as Rangers manager this weekend against Motherwell.
During the international break the Portuguese man had a chance to evaluate the squad at his disposal further. His first match against Hamilton two weeks ago was a convincing 4-0 win. The product of just five days in training brought with it a high-pressing attacking performance under Caixinha.
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Extra work has now been done on the training field, and the team’s day off on Wednesdays have been scrapped. With more time to assess his options and develop his game plan, this Saturday’s visit of Motherwell gives Caixinha the chance to retain a 100% start as Rangers manager.
Next week the Gers travel to both Kilmarnock and Aberdeen as the league split grows ever closer. Rangers will be safely inside the top six when it comes as they charge down second place. The result at Pittodrie next Sunday could be pivotal for that objective – depending on results against Motherwell and Kilmarnock beforehand.
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The hunt for a ‘local’ coach continues for the new manager. An announcement could be made in the next couple of weeks as interviews were taking place whilst the internationals took centre stage. Caixinha has four league games before the Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic next month. Momentum will be key going into that game. The addition of a coach who knows all about the fixture should help the new manager’s preparation.
The side that lined up against Hamilton two weeks ago performed well on the day. Some individuals have been in form recently. It is difficult to predict the lineup for the Motherwell game as after more time to assess his squad, Caixinha may decide to make many changes.
Rangers are without James Tavernier who is serving a suspension. Andy Halliday has recovered from injury and is available to play. Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter continue their recoveries from injury.
The early signs have been good under Caixinha. Hopefully the performances and results improve for the better between now and the end of the season.