'Frustrating' - Rangers boss Caixinha annoyed after deal breaks down
By James Black
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha has revealed his frustration at Friday’s friendly with Benfica being cancelled – before confirming the Gers would now face Morton in a closed-doors game this weekend.
The Light Blues were due to take on Benfica in Hamilton, Canada for the Eusebio Cup before the hosts pulled out kicking off a war of words between both clubs and the organisers.
Organisers Elite Soccer Entertainment initially tried to lay the blame with Rangers fans for poor ticket sales before apologising and calling that a “false statement.”
Caixinha’s side faced a last-minute change of plans after the deal broke down with European giants Benfica with the squad out of action for two weeks and Rangers have acted quickly to find alternative opposition.
“It was disappointing and frustrating because we were about to be together with the team away from Auchenhowie,” Caixinha told RangersTV, as quoted by Rangers’ official website.
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“It was important in this moment in time, but that was the reality.
“We already had everything planned so we needed to re-plan everything and it was good that Morton accepted the challenge to be here with us so at least we have more time to work on the principles we really need to work on.
The Gers are currently third in the Scottish Premiership and trail league leaders Celtic and Aberdeen by six points.
After the international break, Caixinha’s side return to action against St. Johnstone of October 13 with both sides level on points in the standings.
Home defeats to Hibs and Celtic have left Rangers facing a serious battle to wrestle the title away from the Bhoys for the first time since 2011.
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