Rangers chief makes shock prediction ahead of Aberdeen clash, fans will love this
By Matt Farr
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has predicted the Aberdeen line-up ahead of their meeting at Pittodrie in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.
The Ibrox chief was accused of being disrespectful towards their previous opponents Kilmarnock, after naming his line up 24 hours before kick off.
However, Caixinha has made another shock move ahead of their latest domestic encounter, this time by naming the opposition line up.
The Portuguese handed his predicted Aberdeen line-up to the Daily Record on Saturday, which listed the full starting eleven, as well as six possible substitutes.
Caixinha did also admit, however, that the trip to Aberdeen would be ‘going to hell’, but that he relished the upcoming challenge.
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He expects Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes to field a 4-3-2-1 formation, with an unchanged starting eleven from the recent win over Inverness.
The predicted eleven sees Joe Lewis, Shay Logan, Andrew Considine, Ash Taylor, Anthony O’Connor, Graeme Shinnie, Ryan Jack, Niall McGinn, Jonny Hayes, Kenny McLean and Adam Rooney retain their places.
The Rangers boss also predicts that Neil Alexander, Peter Pawlett, Jayden Stockley, Frank Ross, Scott Wright and Ryan Christie will all be named as substitutes.
Caixinha’s continued mind games with his opposition will delight Rangers fans, although they will he hoping to see it spur their side on to victory.
The pre-match mind games against Kilmarnock could not steer them beyond a disappointing goalless draw, but the clash with Aberdeen could have major ramifications for the club’s end of season ambitions.
Rangers are looking to go toe-to-toe with Aberdeen for second place in the Scottish Premiership this season behind Celtic, but the Ibrox side are already at a 12 points disadvantage to their rivals.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha has destroyed his predecessor Mark Warburton over his Ibrox signings.