PEDRO CAIXINHA has thanked Watford’s Marco Silva and Sheffield Wednesday’s Carlos Carvalhal for accepting his requests for pre-season games against Rangers.
The Light Blues boss has crossed paths with both Portuguese managers in the past, and this week the countrymen will meet again when Caixinha takes his players to Watford’s training ground on Wednesday for a behind-closed-doors friendly before they head to Sheffield to take on the Owls at Hillsborough on Sunday.
With Watford retaining their Premier League status in England for 2017/18 and Wednesday finishing fourth in the Championship last season, the games will provide great tests for Rangers as they look to build on Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Marseille at Ibrox.
Caixinha, speaking exclusively to RangersTV, said: “I really need to thank the both of them because it was just by the distance of one message. Are you available on these days in order for us to play a match? They said yes and I really need to pleased with that.
“I know them from different situations. Carlos is more from the academical side as me, so, for example, I have been with him with the renewal of the pro-license.
“Marco I have known since he was football director for Estoril and after that he became manager.
“So we have that knowledge, that proximity, and because we are Portuguese it’s easy for us to understand and get along.
“Beside [Jose} Mourinho, we are the other three that are working in the UK so it’s also giving that link or bound. And let me tell you I’m going to take a Portuguese wine, a red one, as a gift for them!”
Caixinha wants his side start building momentum ahead of the new SPFL Premiership campaign, although the game against Watford will also give him a chance to experiment with his squad.
He added: “Maybe in the second half I will try different things.
“I will try a different approach, a different formation maybe, so that’s what I’m thinking for the moment.
“For Sheffield it’s more like the last rehearsal, let’s say it like that; something more similar to what we are going to face on August 6.”