PEDRO Caixinha says his Rangers side couldn’t cope with the pressure Aberdeen put them under as the Dons won at Ibrox.

The Portuguese admitted his midfielder were left chasing shadows in the first-half after Derek McInnes’ team dominated the opening period.

Caixinha told RangersTV he tried to fix that problem at half-time and thinks his side did all they could in the second period but admitted they were simply not up to the task of matching Aberdeen physically.

The manager said: “Of course I am disappointed, we tried everything and I think the boys put in a great effort in order to try and deliver a win to the fans in the last game at Ibrox this season.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t cope with it, we came from 2-0 down and when we scored our first goal I think it was possible and the boys kept going and kept trying it but by the end it was not possible.

“It was about understanding what the game needed and once again in the first-half we could not perform in the way we wanted to because we did not understand the game.

“The opponent was much stronger than us in physicality, on second balls and being more aggressive on the pitch.

“It is not possible to play football so you need to show different qualities to change the pattern a little bit.

“We tried to go in that direction a little bit more in the second-half, placing Barrie and Martyn a little bit closer to our midfielder and also inside closer to Joe Garner.

“It was difficult to do it because once again they started stronger than us and score in the early stages of the second-half but even so we didn’t give up.

“We could not cope with the pressure the opponent was putting on us and we need to deal with it when that pressure is coming.

“We lacked that and especially the three midfielders were being pressed and chased all around the pitch which meant we left more spaces.

“The opponent’s two full-backs were up the park and that meant we had space on the back and we could not cope to eliminate that pressure and exploit those spaces. The first goal we conceded came from one situation exactly like that.”

Caixinha ended the game with three academy graduates on the pitch. Aidan Wilson made his debut, while Myles Beerman was required early from the bench when Lee Hodson hobbled off and Jamie Barjonas had a positive impact as a 58th minute substitute.

He continued:

“We tried to give our best with a lot of young players on the pitch who really did fantastically and they showed that the future of this club and youth system is going in the right direction.

“The young boys will be part of the team for sure in the next match but we are about to finish for the season and now I have assessed and have a clear idea about who we can count on.

“I need to keep doing my job in order to bring the players I want to Rangers and the players I know that are going to perform according to the Rangers standards. We have some of those in the squad already but we need a lot more.”

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