PEDRO CAIXINHA praised his Rangers side for their level of performance after they ended the season with a 2-1 victory at St Johnstone.

Goals from Kenny Miller and Jon Toral had the Light Blues comfortably ahead before Graham Cummins set up a tense finish for the Gers.

However, they held firm to whatever the Saints could throw at them and enter their summer break on a high.

Speaking after the game to, Caixinha said: “I was really enjoying watching the game. After 10 or 15 minutes, we understood what was going on. Jon [Toral] and Josh [Windass] coming inside together with Kenny [Miller] created a very good situation for us.

“We were able to keep the ball and we had options to play inside and on the wide area, and it was good. We were understanding the game and enjoying it.

“At the beginning of the second half we told the boys to go and do the same as we were doing very well, and to try and get the second goal which we did. We had a couple of chances to score the third one which would have put the game even more in our favour, but we ended up conceding and, of course, they knew how to make us suffer until the end, so we needed to change the formation to three centre-halves as they were placing too many balls in the box, so we needed an extra player in that situation.

“Kyle [Bradley] helped us at that point, and Kenny and Barrie [McKay] were able to retain the ball and understand that there are moments where we need to go by the watch. We did it and it was great to finish winning. We always want more and we were expecting more, but from the four games we played away we won three and we drew one, so away it was OK but at home things happened differently.

“Now it is the end of the season and it is time to start taking the decisions. We are already going in that direction and in a few weeks’ time we start again.”

Rangers ended the game with an exceptionally young trio of David Bates, Aidan Wilson and Kyle Bradley at centre-half, and Caixinha was delighted with the way they stood up to the threat of former Ger Steven MacLean.

He added: “They did, and I think our centre halves knew they had a very good striker, especially in the air, up against them, and they did very well. They won a lot of the first balls and were in a very good position to win the second ones.

“Jamie [Barjonas] and Jason [Holt] did a fantastic job understanding the game, giving the balance, giving the coverage, winning second balls and giving the way out from the build-up when we tried to take more risks, especially in the second half.

“I need to be happy overall with the level of the performance and with all the players.”

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