PEDRO Caixinha says he is looking to exploit Joe Garner’s aerial presence next season by focussing on the wide areas of the pitch.
The Rangers boss thinks the striker can thrive if he is supplied properly and he believes the former Preston man has proven that in his last two games by heading in from pin point crosses.
Garner has scored 10 goals this season with seven coming in the second half of the campaign and Caixinha wants to work to his strengths.
The manager told RangersTV: “You only know the players when you work with them on a daily basis and you start knowing the patterns from the players who can give it to you and their strengths and weaknesses as well.
“Joe can help any team because he is a goalscorer if the ball gets into the box.
“If we are not attacking properly, and getting the ball into the box in different ways rather than from the wide areas then Joe will be there but he won’t receive the ball.
“In the last two games the balls have arrived on the exact spot he likes to be and he likes to attack. He feels fantastic in that part of the pitch and he can score goals there.
“If we have a team who can work and spend more time on the surrounds of the box and the ball arrives more with more quality in the box then he will score more goals for sure.”
With the Portuguese looking for a reshuffle over the summer he is eyeing targets who could compliment a target man like Garner.
“We are looking to have much more association with the wide areas next season and increase those combinations.
“We are looking for the arrival of totally different sorts of players to perform in that zone of the park.
“I want a team who can change the pattern by playing inside, playing behind and switch the play.
“We want to play in the wide areas; we want a better relationship between the wingers and the full-backs and between shadow strikers and strikers.
“So we want all those type of relationships to improve but definitely we want to play more in the wide areas.”