By Harry Sykes
Pedro Caixinha sacrificed Lee Hodson and Daniel Candeias at half-time of Rangers’ 3-2 league defeat to Hibernian to give his team a greater offensive threat.
The Ibrox manager explained that he felt he could not wait until the second period to make changes to his side after the 36th minute sending-off of Ryan Jack put his side in the mire in Saturday’s Championship clash.
Rangers took an early lead at Ibrox through summer signing Alfredo Morelos but Neil Lennon’s side took advantage of their ten-man opposition to go 2-1 up at the break and scored three times in total before a late James Tavernier strike narrowed the deficit.
At half-time, Caixinha attempted to bring his side back into the match by withdrawing winger Candeias and left-back Hodson, introducing Danny Wilson and Eduardo Herrera, and switching to a 3-4-2 formation.
The tactical reshuffle brought summer striker signings Herrera and Morelos together up front for the entirety of the second period, with others such as Josh Windass and Kenny Miller switched to unfamiliar positions.
The changes miffed many supporters but Caixinha told the official Rangers website: “We were losing the game and we could not wait to see what was going on.
“We tried to play with three at the back, to keep the balance with two strikers up front, and to have players in wide areas who could get forward, and two players in midfield – again with Kenny [Miller] making a huge sacrifice there with [Graham] Dorrans.
“The two players up front we wanted to be target players, to attack the spaces and to hold the ball for second waves.”
Rangers have won one and lost one of their two Scottish Premiership matches this season.
In other Rangers news, fans have destroyed a summer signing on Twitter for his display against Hibernian.