Caixinha confirms Rangers 24-year-old injury ahead of Kilmarnock clash (not Cardoso)
By James Black
Rangers boss Caixinha has told his players they need to move forward after Sunday’s Scottish League Cup semi-final defeat to Motherwell – but fears something is “wrong” with squad.
The Gers were poor against Motherwell as the Steelmen recorded their first-ever semi-final win over the Ibrox side.
Caixinha’s side never looked like taking control of the game and kept up their unwanted record of failing to win three successive games since Caixinha was appointed in March.
Two goals from prolific striker Louis Moult booked Motherwell’s place in the final but Caixinha has urged his side to make amends – starting with Wednesday’s Scottish Premiership clash with Kilmarnock at Ibrox.
The Rangers boss also revealed 24-year-old Jak Alnwick is a fresh injury doubt and is unlikely to be involved on Wednesday night after suffering an injury at the national stadium against Stephen Robinson’s physical side which saw also Fabio Cardoso suffer a broken nose.
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“To make history with this club, the chance to get in the final and they play like that? Something is wrong,” Caixinha said, as quoted by Sky Sports’ website.
“Now they need to prove it.
“Now they need to move forward and Wednesday is the next chance for them to prove it.
“I think I cannot count on Jak (Alnwick) who has pain in his arm and you have seen the state of Fabio’s (Cardoso) face so I cannot count on them.”
The Light Blues go into Wednesday’s game trailing leaders Celtic and Aberdeen by six points – with the Hoops and Dons facing off at Pittodrie at the same time.
A win could see Caixinha’s side close to within three points of second place ahead of their trip to Murrayfield to face Hearts at the weekend.
Motherwell will play Celtic in next month’s League Cup final at Hampden.
In other Rangers news, Caixinha has said who should be to blame for the Hampden Park loss.