PEDRO CAIXINHA has laid out his plans to RangersTV for the rest of the Light Blues’ pre-season campaign – revealing they will play Watford this week.
Rangers will take on the Premier League outfit on Wednesday behind closed doors then stay in England to prepare for their friendly against Sheffield Wednesday a few days later.
Caixinha’s travelling squad is yet to be confirmed with a number of his younger fringe players returning from Northern Ireland, where they were sent to gain valuable game time in the under 20s game against Portadown over the weekend.
The Portuguese explained: “We will have a day off on Sunday then we will have two days to prepare for a friendly against Watford.
“We are travelling south on Wednesday and we will stay down there until Sunday when we play Sheffield Wednesday.
“We have Watford midweek and then we have Sheffield Wednesday so we are very pleased that we have two strong opponents.
“Then we will have a long week to prepare for the first game with the momentum we want against Motherwell.
“The thinking behind the game in Northern Ireland was that when we prepared this match we knew that some of the boys wouldn’t be playing.
“It was always planned and we knew that not all of the boys would get minutes so we decided to send some boys over there to receive some game time and get match rhythm.
“It will happen the same when we play against Sheffield Wednesday because the under 20s will be playing against Wolves under 23s that day.”
One player very much in the manager’s thoughts is Niko Kranjcar. The Croatian has returned from injury hell this pre-season and capped his return by netting a stunning free-kick against Marseille on Saturday.
But Caixinha wouldn’t be drawn on whether he would be making sure the playmaker was on set-piece duty this season.
He continued: “Niko like some other boys is a good player to perform set-pieces for us. That has been Niko’s task since the beginning of the season and he will continue to take them.
“It was an amazing goal, a fantastic goal and when Niko plays like he did today he can do a lot for the team. His quality, his tempo and of course his last third decisions.”