By Matt Bullin

Rangers midfielder Barrie McKay has stated that Pedro Caixinha has had a positive affect on the way he plays, citing positive one-on-one conversations with the new gaffer.

Caixinha only arrived at the Gers in March, but McKay claims he and his teammates are already feeling the benefits of the Portuguese manager’s methods.

Rangers have won three of Caixinha’s first five matches in charge, and have kept four clean sheets.

McKay only featured for 45 minutes last time out as the Gers defeated Partick Thistle 2-0, but he did star in their 4-0 beating of Hamilton Academical in Caixinha’s first game in charge.

McKay has made 41 league and cup appearances for Rangers this term, scoring four goals and adding 11 assists.

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The winger has been one of the club’s strongest performers in a season which has seen them climb to third in the Scottish Premiership.

During an interview on Rangers TV, as quoted by the Daily Record, McKay praised Caixinha’s methods.

He said: “The manager has asked a little bit different of me, he has asked me to run in behind a lot more rather than always coming to get the ball at feet.

“Since he has come in I have probably had a few one-on-one conversations with him and they have been pretty positive.

“He has done that with a few of the other boys as well and I think the boys have felt the positivity from it.”

Next up for Rangers is a Scottish Cup semi-final v Celtic on Sunday as they look to stop their rivals from claiming the treble.

It will be the fifth time the sides have met this term and the Gers will be hoping for a first win on Sunday.

In other Rangers news, Caixinha has insisted that this young duo will impress if they start v Celtic.

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