Caixinha issues firm message to Rangers squad following Aberdeen triumph
By Matt Farr
Pedro Caixinha has warned his Rangers squad that no player is safe despite the 3-0 win over Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.
A double from veteran Kenny Miller and a goal from substitute Joe Dodoo handed Rangers a valuable three points, as it moved them to within nine points of their rivals in the race to finish second in the league.
However, despite the impressive performance, Caixinha has warned his players not to get carried away or else they risk being dropped from his side altogether.
The firm message from the Rangers chief should please fans, as it shows that the Portuguese has taken to his new job seriously, and is demanding the necessary improvements from a poor squad inherited from Mark Warburton.
He told the Scottish Sun: “We’re not going to reduce the pace of the demand. We’re not going to reduce the focus on the demand. We’re not going to reduce the passion of winning.
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“We need to keep going like this because this is the only way I know – and it’s the only way this club we’re serving demands.
“I will send a message to our players – ‘If some of them think they can slow down on Saturday they will not be playing at Hampden’. It is that clear.”
Caixinha already has one eye on his preparations for their Scottish Cup semi-final showdown with Old Firm rivals Celtic at the end of the month, hinting that the players will be dropped for the tie if standards slip.
The Ibrox outfit first host Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership at the weekend, but Caixinha is keen to ensure that the players continue to build precious momentum ahead of their rival showdown.
Rangers currently stand between Celtic and their hopes of winning a domestic treble this season, and Caixinha would love to see his side deal their rivals a bitter blow before the end of the campaign.