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Lovenkrands delivers verdict on Caixinha mindset ahead of clash v Dunfermline

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By Abigail Withey

Former Rangers striker and new academy coach Peter Lovenkrands has praised boss Pedro Caixinha for his strong mindset and ruthless nature ahead of the Light Blues’ second round clash against Dunfermline in the League Cup.

The 37-year-old became a favourite among Gers fans after he played at the Ibrox between 2000 and 2006 and has now returned to the Glaswegian club as an academy coach for the Under-15 side.

Lovenkrands has recently spoken about the Portuguese boss and has praised him for his input at the club.

He said: “I think he is very strong-minded in that way and he knows what he wants.”

“Nothing phases him in any way,” the academy coach told the Glasgow Evening Times. “When I had my meeting with him, I was really impressed with some of the things he was saying and what his attitude was.”

Caixinha had a busy debut transfer window at the helm of the club and has tallied up a total nine new recruits.

However, the Gers boss, who was appointed as the Light Blues’ manager in April, was recently criticised after his side crashed out of the Europa League qualifying stage after being defeated by Luxembourg outfit Progres Niederkorn.

Since then, the club had a successful run of friendly matches and the side won their Premiership opener against Motherwell on Sunday.

Lovenkrands told the Glasgow Evening Times that Caixinha has been ruthless in his approach at the club.

“You need to have a strong mindset if you are going to be the manager of Rangers,” the former striker said. “He is trying to get his point across and if you don’t follow then you won’t be part of it.”

“That is how he set his stall out at the start and he is keeping to that and that is the right way of doing it. Whether you are a success or a failure, you do it your way.”