PEDRO CAIXINHA wants his Rangers side to claim three points from their final Premiership fixture at St Johnstone’s McDiarmid Park on Sunday.

The Saints sit fourth in the top-flight table, six points behind the Light Blues, after another impressive season under Tommy Wright.

Caixinha, however, will urge his players to complete what has been a frustrating campaign on a positive note in Perth.

He said: “I always say that maybe the last image is the one that stays, and because we always want to win, it’s important always to finish a season with a different image and of course by winning a match.

“That’s the reason why I was so enthusiastic in the last training session, just like the first one. I need to have that enthusiasm to pass it to the people who work with me.”

Rangers and St Johnstone had to share the spoils in their first two meetings this season, with both matches at Ibrox and McDiarmid Park finishing 1-1.

The third head-to-head saw the Light Blues win 3-2 at home on March 1 when Emerson Hyndman’s last-gasp goal clinched a dramatic victory after Rob Kiernan had been sent off.

Caixinha is looking forward to another battle this weekend. He said: “I expect the same. They are a very strong team on long balls, a very strong team in second balls, one team waiting for some sort of mistakes to get quick transitions and quick counter attacks.

“That’s what I expect from them, so we need to be clever to know how to perform against this team and we are struggling in order to know how to understand and perform against teams that take out the ball from us and play long balls and get stronger on the second waves and on the second balls.

“So we need to find a solution to face them, which is having the ball rather than give the ball to the opponent.”

After Sunday the gaffer’s focus will turn to the 2017/18 season and the Europa League qualifiers which will kick-off the new campaign.

Speaking at today’s pre-match press conference at the Rangers Training Centre, he said: “I just asked our boys to pass me the report about how many teams in the last seven or eight years have got to the group stage from the first qualifiers.

“We have a couple of them so we would not be the first ones to do it, but that’s our goal of course, to get on the group stage knowing that is not going to be an easy task, but we know that others did it. Even last season one Israeli team did it.

“Why we can’t think the same way? That’s always our ambition to win, this club needs to think like that all the time. We are big, we need to think big.

“We are trying to build one squad that is totally identifiable with this massive club. Everyone needs to know what it means to represent Rangers and what it means to play for Rangers.

“When you are talking about performance, players that are here or they are going to arrive here on our squad, they need to understand that one single pass, one single action in this team, is counting.

“They are getting assessed by that and that’s what leads to winning games. Those are the sort of players we are looking for to bring over.”

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