Caixinha Seeks Rangers Consistency
Following Rangers playing out a draw with Hearts at the weekend, Pedro Caixinha has called on Rangers to show far more consistency as we head into the next tie.
Hosting Hearts at Ibrox last Saturday, whilst we dominated possession and Hearts failed to register a single shot on target, but Rangers only tested their goalkeeper twice.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media for his post game press conference, a clearly frustrated gaffer explained originally.
'I really liked the team, but I am disappointed, of course, about the result with that being the most important thing all of the time. There was only one team on the pitch dominating the game from the beginning to the end. They tried to create something at the beginning of the game to delay our pace, and they did it. We got in the game later on and finished the first half completely dominating the game with some very good chances to score, but we could not do it.'
He went on to say.
'The only point I need to refer back to, is the pace of our passes needs to be higher, a higher tempo of passing and moving, passing and moving and creating and attacking the spaces, and making the ball arrive quicker in the last third. Regarding the overall game and the ending position in attack, we were very good and I don`t remember one single transition of the opponent, or a moment where they could get the confidence to try and attack our last line. We are disappointed about the result, totally, but I am happy with the performance of the boys and the way they fought until the end. We wanted to win the game and we did everything to win the game. We dominated the game, we had the chances to kill the game and have a great result with a solid performance, and we could not do it. So today, of course, the performance was OK in the direction we want without that tempo and pace that I mentioned before.'
With Ross County up next, Caixinha went on to say that clearly we still needed improvement although he maintained he was pleased with large parts of our showing.
'You can`t control what the boys do in terms of effort, hard work, teamwork and not allowing the opponent to play while always playing our game. That is what we need to control - if you are saying you need to be more focussed on the tempo and the timing of the passes, and the way you move in attack, then yes, definitely we need to improve that, but that is all I take as the boys left everything. They played the way we wanted them to play, we created the chances, we prevented the opponent from having the transitions, but, we didn`t score goals.'
As for the consistency issue, Caixinha was expecting a response at Dingwall this weekend and he knew three points would certainly be the way to show that response.
'I can tell you that I don`t like too much statistics. Sometimes I use them only when they are in our favour, but since we arrived in all the league matches we have played away we only draw one, which was against Kilmarnock. That means the statistic when we play away games is far and away better that we play in Ibrox.'
The gaffer again went on to say.
'In all the games we have, and we are going to play, we just need to think about winning. We are now looking forward for the next match which for us is always the most important one and we expect the same from all the opponents. When they play against Rangers they don`t play 100 percent, they play 200 percent. They give their maximum and the longer the game goes and the result is not in our favour, things will become more difficult because they grow in confidence.'
Having acknowledged effectively that teams raise their game when they face us, Caixinha was adamant that it should only ever be about what Rangers do over 90 minutes.
'But the most important thing for us is always our team. We are seeing one team that is having one strong identity and one team that is fighting from the beginning until the end. If we have that, and we have the quality of players we have, we know that we are going to start winning games and winning games in a row, of course, sooner rather than later. But we will have a tough challenge when we travel to Ross County, a difficult team with a very good manager, but we need to think about us and think about working hard to get the three points.'