By James Black
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has revealed Rangers have been working on improving their defensive work over the international break as they aim to close the gap Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic and Aberdeen.
Caixinha takes his side to Perth on Friday night to face St. Johnstone in a must-win match for the Light Blues.
The two sides are level on points in third place – six points behind the leaders – and Rangers will be hoping to put pressure on both before they kick-off later in the weekend.
The Gers have conceded 11 times in 8 league games so far this season – and let in three against Championship side Morton in a closed-doors friendly last weekend – and Caixinha believes his side need to get “back to basics” defensively.
“We were more focused on the details this week because we make the analysis that we cannot concede so many goals and concede goals the way we are conceding them,” Caixinha said as quoted by TalkSport’s website.
“We need to get back to the basics of defending.
“That’s what we have been focused on. The boys did great the previous week when we trained much more intensively.”
Rangers have faced an injury crisis of sorts in recent weeks with defenders Lee Wallace, Declan John, Bruno Alves and Danny Wilson all missing games through injury.
That forced Caixinha into pitching in young defender Ross McCrorie and the 19-year-old impressed in his first games for the club.
The Gers have a Scottish League Cup semi-final with Motherwell on October 22nd and Caixinha will be hoping his side have taken the additional defensive work on board the his side look for their first major trophy since 2011.