PEDRO Caixinha admits he doesn’t want his new look side to adapt to Scottish football – instead he wants them to control games his way.
The Rangers boss pointed to a chat with Bruno Alves after the defender’s debut in the Premiership at the weekend where he likened the Scottish league to his time with Porto’s second string as a youngster.
Instead of Alves getting used to the new style Caixinha insists Rangers must not allow teams to play a certain type of football against them, starting with tomorrow’s League Cup clash against Dunfermline.
“I would prefer to have much more control in the game. The new players found it different, I spoke with Bruno and he said it reminds me of when I was playing for Porto B, a long time ago and I was playing in the second division.
“This was the type of football played in that scenario and we need to understand that this is going to be the reality.
“He said it was because it was a lot of long balls, fighting for the first ball, fighting for the second ball and all the time the ball was in the air.
“That is the reality and if we don’t want to face it then we need to change the game to have it under our control. So that is one of the points we need to improve on.
“We learnt that when I was the assistant at Sporting Lisbon, in 2004/05 we faced two English teams, Newcastle United under Graeme Souness and Middlesbrough under Steve McClaren.
“They were fantastic teams but because they were British teams they were very pacey and physical.
“The solution we found to deal with it was to keep them off the ball so they could not perform in those conditions.
“We must control it better, we need to not adapt to the Scottish game but know how to deal with it.”
Caixinha gets his first full run at silverware this season and the League Cup will be his first throw of the dice.
Dunfermline finished fifth in the Championship last season and ended the group stages of the competition top of their table, knocking Hearts out in the process.
“All competitions are important for this club so we are going to going into this game knowing it is the first one of four that can take you to the final.
“You need to win one at a time and this one is the most important of the season so far because it is a knockout game.
“We must show all the respect to the opponents and the competition and keep building with wins.
“I know everything about Dunfermline; I don’t leave my homework for others to do. I know they are a good side from the Championship with a good manager and good quality and experienced players.
“It is important for you to scout the opponent in a specific contest which is similar to the one you will face.
“I think for Dunfermline that would be their game against Hearts. That let us understand what we should expect.”