PEDRO CAIXINHA says he will take full responsibility for Rangers’ European exit at the hands of Progres Niederkorn this evening.
Leading 1-0 from the first leg at Ibrox last week, goals from Emmanuel Francoise and Olivier Thill in the second half saw the side from Luxembourg through.
Asked after the game for his reaction to the defeat, Caixinha said: “It’s just disappointment, and I assume all the responsibility. We could not do what we were here to do – win the game. I think it is a thing that happens once in a lifetime that happened to us today, and that is part of the football, but as I say, it’s disappointment and I assume all the responsibility.
“I am always a positive guy and I never give up. I believe in this process and it is a tough moment that we are leaving, and we need to face it with all our character, personality and strength, and that is what I am going to do.
“I believe in this process, I believe in these players and I believe in the work that we are going to do. I think it is a strong lesson we need to learn from now on, and we need to focus on the positive side that is coming regarding to the future.”
Caixinha pointed to the concession of goals from set-pieces, and also made an apology to the Rangers supporters.
He added: “The opponent had one transition in the second half – it can happen, and it was a silly loss of possession in a zone where we cannot lose it against any sort of opponent.
“So they had a very good transition, and after they scored with two set pieces. It was one second ball from the corner, and after, a wide free-kick, and we knew that we could not commit unnecessary fouls.
“Like I say though, I assume all the responsibility and all the disappointment, and of course, we need to apologise to our fans.
“They have shown their loyalty to the club and they don’t deserve this. What we need is to keep going and to keep working – working harder, having this game as a strong lesson and keep looking forwards.”