Pedro Caixinha delivers Rangers verdict on finishing second
By Dominic Toner
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has insisted that they must beat Aberdeen twice if they are to finish second in the league this season.
The Gers are currently third-placed in the Scottish Premiership table and are on course to finish in the Europa League spots.
They must claw back a 12-point gap to Aberdeen if they are to finish the season in second, something that was expected by many at the beginning of the campaign.
Caixinha’s side have just seven games left to make up the ground and must still play Aberdeen twice, starting with an away match on Sunday.
Rangers’ manager feels that his team must win both fixtures if they are to have a possibility of climbing up the table.
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“It’s crucial to beat Aberdeen twice if we were to finish second. It’s a challenge we’re glad to take on & I’m counting on the players,” Caixinha said, as quoted by the club’s official Twitter account.
PC: It's crucial to beat Aberdeen twice if we were to finish second. It's a challenge we're glad to take on & I'm counting on the players.
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) April 7, 2017
Rangers will be looking to bounce back from back-to-back draws against Kilmarnock and Motherwell respectively.
Caixinha began his managerial reign with the Scottish giants in a stylish 4-0 victory over Hamilton, but consecutive draws since have showed him the difficulty of the league.
The Gers have had to watch their Old Firm rivals Celtic be crowned the league champions recently for a sixth consecutive year and that is the level they want to be competing at once again.
They are set for a difficult test against Aberdeen at the weekend and the two sides have won a game each in the previous meetings this season.
In other Rangers news, the club’s supporters reacted on Twitter to Brendan Rodgers’ new deal at Celtic.