PEDRO CAIXINHA is confident Rangers are moving in the right direction and that his squad will be in a strong position ahead of the 2017/18 season.
The manager has now had a couple of months to assess his group and, speaking at today’s pre-match press conference at the Rangers Training Centre, he expressed his desire to bring new faces to the club before the staff and players return to Auchenhowie on June 5.
Caixinha also confirmed that tomorrow he will complete the process of informing players who are not going to be in his plans that they can move on.
It will be a busy few weeks ahead for the Portuguese boss who will not stop working this summer as he attempts to take Rangers back to the top.
He said: “Rangers will always look to be the best team in the country. Rangers want to be big again and that’s what we are working on.
“We are not worried about the second position, we are worried about being the first one, and that’s what we are working on.
“We know that it is costing a lot of time and work and resources and everything, but that is what we are working on.
When we came here we knew what sort of massive job we needed to do, and we are doing it. And believe me, if the things are going on this right direction, next season will be totally different.”
“I’ve no doubts about it, no doubts about it.”
When asked what he meant by ‘totally different’, the manager explained: “Totally different is totally different. If I need to win games even when the performance is not that good, I prefer to win games and Rangers to win.
“Of course, if you can have the performance with the result, brilliant, fantastic, but when I say everything needs to change, everything needs to change.
“I’m a clear guy, I have a clear mind all the time. I know exactly where I want to go but where I want to take the club as well. That’s the most important thing, not just myself but for all these people are working in this massive club as well and of course all the fans supporting us.”
Caixinha refused to tell reporters the names of the players he is interested in, but he provided a light-hearted response for one journalist who mentioned rumoured transfer target Bruno Alves.
“Bruno Alves is a great player, that’s all I can tell you,” he said with a smile. “Him, Ronaldo and Messi, I would like to sign them!”