Rival player hits out at Rangers manager Caixinha for strange decision v Kilmarnock
By Harvey Byrne
Kilmarnock forward Conor Sammon has hit out at Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha for naming his team a day before the two sides met at Rugby Park on Wednesday evening.
The Gers went into the away match with an injury ravaged defence which saw Rob Kiernan, Clint Hill, Lee Hodson and Lee Wallace all miss out.
This resulted in youngsters Myles Beerman and David Bates making their senior debuts for the Ibrox giants and they both found out after Caixinha shocked fans by naming his team 30 hours prior to the kick-off.
The decision was not met well by their opponents and rival striker Sammon believed it to be a “strange” one as well as being “disrespectful” to the seventh placed Premiership club.
“We’re always looking to play to our strengths and pick up on little weaknesses where we can get at them,” told Sammon, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
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“It was a bit of a strange one Rangers naming their team early and I don’t really understand the whole meaning behind it.
“I don’t know if he was trying to highlight the fact they had a few injuries.
“But we could use that as extra motivation as it’s a little bit disrespectful I think.
“That just fuelled us even more to go out and do the business on the park.
“Usually you do your work on the training field and keep your tactics to yourself.
“The teams tend to be private so you don’t give the opposition that time to prepare.
“It’s normally at the last minute that you’re looking at their line-up and seeing how they are going to play.
“I don’t know what he was trying to gain or achieve by naming the team early.
“But it’s his job to pick a team and if he wants to name it at the start of the week or the day before that’s his business.
“As the opposition team we can use that as extra motivation and spin it our own way.
“It doesn’t bother us too much as players but we can spin it as if he’s being disrespectful but that’s among us.
“Best of luck to him. We’ll just focus on who we’ve got in our team.”
Caixinha’s decision could have actually worked against him in hindsight as Rangers were only able to take away a 0-0 draw from the meeting.
It was also another tough result to take for the Ibrox giants as they currently sit in third and an entire 12 points off second placed Aberdeen.
The Gers will in fact be facing the Dons next at the Pittodrie Stadium on Sunday afternoon and many will be hoping the team can take home all three points.
In other Rangers news, here is the expected Gers line-up to face Aberdeen.