PEDRO Caixinha believes Motherwell will come to Ibrox with a very similar approach to Hamilton two weeks ago.

The Portuguese oversaw a 4-0 win in his first game against Accies and thinks his Rangers side will come up against another defensive set-up this weekend.

The Steelmen also have a new man at the helm in the shape of Stephen Robinson, the Northern Irishman has lost two of his opening three games in charge at Fir Park.

Caixinha said:

“I have had a lot more time to analyse Motherwell then Hamilton but I think they more or less perform with the same style of play.

“They more or less have the same formation, especially at the back and I fully expect them to play a type of 4-4-1-1 with Scott McDonald as a shadow striker behind Lewis Moult.

“They are the main target players and they will look to defend and look for the counter, having McDonald in-between lines to intercept.

“If they are going to defend with a back five, which they did for example against Aberdeen, then we are ready for both situations.

“When you analyse the opponent you do it in order to add something to the game and to prepare the game during the week even if 80% of that preparation is with regard to your team and your principles.

“You need to know how and when to apply it against your opponent because for example the space you can exploit against Motherwell will be different to the space we could exploit against Hamilton.”

Caixinha is hopeful he will have Lee Wallace available for Saturday’s game after the captain returned from Scotland duty earlier this week with an injury.

The left-back returned to full training on Thursday while Lee Hodson is likely to get some game time with other full-back James Tavernier suspended.

Andy Halliday has recovered from the hamstring injury which kept him out of the Old Firm and Caixinha’s first game.

The Gers boss continued:

“Andy started working back with us two weeks ago and he is very nice guy and he knows deeply about the club, he lives for the club.

“He is doing a fantastic job and is coming back from an injured period and he is on the list of the possible players to play.

“Lee Wallace came back from international duty with some pain on the stomach and he has been recovering and today he started to do all the practice with us so he is an option.

“Apart from James we have all the players available to be an option or to start the game.”

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