FOLLOWING today’s game with Hibernian, Pedro Caixinha gave the following reaction to RangersTV.tv.
On the start to the game, he said: “We started the game very well as we have been doing in the last five games. The team was well aware of the emotional side of the game, but we lost two or three balls to the opponent, which left two strikers up front and we were not balanced in the moment we conceded the equaliser.
“We went again in the game and we had a fantastic chance to make the second goal but didn’t make it. Afterwards came the sending off and we then conceded again.
“When we had a chance in the second half for an equaliser with Morelos we didn’t take it, then they scored a third. The boys were fighting against difficult conditions in the game with the momentum totally in the control of the opponent.
“We got the second goal, which put us a little bit in the game, but it was not enough.”
On the red card for Ryan Jack, Caixinha continued: “I am not the type of guy which speaks about referees and I always take my responsibilities, but I think everyone involved in the game needs to take their responsibilities.
“I know I am going to take care of my boys and I know the character of the boys I have down there, and I know they will have a strong reaction.
“This game is not about only playing for yourself – there are a lot of elements which we also need to improve. But we are here, we are the people and we will keep going in front.
“We are going to appeal it, and we will show the images. I invite the referee to watch it, and to be honest, normally when someone commits a mistake, at least to my principles, I would recognise it.”
At half time, Caixinha made a tactical change with Lee Hodson and Daniel Candeias sacrificed for Danny Wilson and Eduardo Herrera respectively.
On that, the manager said: “We were losing the game and we could not wait to see what was going on. We tried to play with three at the back, to keep the balance with two strikers up front, and to have players in wide areas who could get forward, and two players in midfield – again with Kenny [Miller] making a huge sacrifice there with [Graham] Dorrans.
“The two players up front we wanted to be target players, to attack the spaces and to hold the ball for second waves.”
And when asked about picking the team up for the Hearts game at Ibrox next Saturday, Caixinha said: “These things happen in football. You need to be ready and you need to understand sometimes things happen in the early stages of the competition which allow you to win or lose points, but we will keep fighting knowing maybe some people are against us, but that is just going to make us stronger.”