PEDRO Caixinha says every team in the world has a weakness as he prepares his team to exploit Celtic’s in Sunday’s Scottish Cup showdown.
The Portuguese is ruling over his first Old Firm as Rangers manager this weekend in the semi-finals of the competition and admits he has been working on his side’s defensive capabilities over the past week.
Celtic are unbeaten domestically this season but Caixinha is hoping he has done enough on the training pitches to teach his side how to beat their closest rivals.
He said: “Even the best teams in the world have weaknesses, if you look at the teams who have just made it into the Champions League semi-finals and if you look at Real Madrid, Juventus or any of them they all have weaknesses.
“It’s another question trying to identify those weaknesses, trying to exploit them and teach the team to expose them.
“Normally when you go to one game you need to understand your opponent that you are facing and you need to understand in those sorts of confrontations what is going to be more balanced for each side.
“Celtic are a fantastic team, they are having a fantastic season, we can’t deny that.
“We need to understand that type of game it will be and their ball possession means there will be a great part of the game spent defending so you need to know how to defend in those moments.
“Those moments are one thing we have been working towards this week and in different stages of the game you need to learn to defend higher or lower.”
Caixinha’s defensive crisis is ongoing but the Gers boss has revealed Clint Hill might be close to returning to his matchday squad.
The 38-year-old has been suffering from a calf problem, which has handed David Bates an unlikely run in the first-team.
The manager continued:
“We maybe have some players returning but we need to see on Friday or Saturday how that progresses, we need to wait. Maybe Clint can be the one who is on the brink of returning.
“All the players who are working with us on a daily basis are players that I can select and if I select them then they will have my confidence and trust to enjoy the game.
“Michael O’Halloran is back training with us, he started again on Tuesday and he is one of the possibilities to be in my squad for Sunday.”