Caixinha: I saw this at half-time for the first time in Rangers win over St Johnstone
By James Black
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha was delighted with his side after their 3-0 win over St. Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership – and praised the players for their half-time talks about the match.
A double from Carlos Pena and a late strike from Graham Dorrans sealed a comfortable win for the Gers to put them three points clear of the Saints in third place.
The win was arguably the best performance by Caixinha’s side as they eased past St. Johnstone with Pena, Bruno Alves and Graham Dorrans all impressing.
Alves was dominant in defence, constantly winning high balls in-and-around the penalty area and looked to push the ball forward as much as possible.
Caixinha praised his sideswillingness to get involved in games physically with as St. Johnstone tried to out-muscle the Gers.
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“I saw for the first time some discussions, good discussions because I think the players need to discuss and demand and to talk,” Caixinha said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.
“With nine games played it was the first time I saw it at half time.
“And I saw something on the pitch that when something was happening against one of our players it was the same as doing it against the team.
“That means we need to keep this process and keep looking forward and keep the hard work.”
The Ibrox giants now have a three-point lead over the Perth side while closing the gap to leaders Celtic and Aberdeen by a similar margin before they play on Saturday.
The Gers face Motherwell at Hampden next Sunday in the semi-final of the Scottish League Cup as Caixinha’s side look to lift their first major trophy since 2011.
Back-to-back three-goal wins either side of the international break will give the Light Blue’s confidence ahead of the Hampden clash.
In other Rangers news, a £7.5million midfielder is firmly in the running to be the club’s next signing.