Saturday 19 August 2017

'We need to feel shame about it because we didn't perform' - Rangers boss Caixinha ashamed of Celtic loss

Pedro Caixinha manager of Rangers gives instructions during the Scottish Cup Semi-Final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Pedro Caixinha manager of Rangers gives instructions during the Scottish Cup Semi-Final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Andy Newport

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha admits his team's toothless Old Firm display left him feeling ashamed.

The Ibrox manager was given his first taste of derby battle from the dugout on Sunday as they faced Celtic in the semi-finals of the William Hill Scottish Cup.

But Gers rarely threatened Brendan Rodgers' team and went down tamely to a 2-0 Hampden defeat.

The teams meet again in Ladbrokes Premiership action on Saturday and Caixinha wants his men to show more fight when the Hoops arrive at Ibrox.

He told RangersTV: "It does worry me a little that the aggression was missing on Sunday - I wanted it from the very beginning.

"We have a principle and this week I am going to work on it a lot - we call it the 10 second principle.

"If you start with the ball or your opponents start with it then you need to create some sort of danger within the 10 seconds.

"The ball must be closer to the opponent's goal or if the ball starts with the opponent then you must recover the ball within the 10 seconds. Did you see that in the last match? I don't think so.

"We need to be angry about that and because it is an Old Firm game we need to feel shame about it because we didn't perform.

"We didn't have the passion that this club is giving to us. After the match we went to the Player of the Year dinner and I was feeling ashamed because I couldn't give the fans the same passion as I was receiving there.

"I want my team to have a different sort of commitment, to have a different level of concentration and a different competitive attitude.

"We prepare the team to be aggressive and we want the team to be aggressive in a good way for the whole game, you can't even have 45 seconds where you are not focused.

"You have small throw in that maybe means nothing but for you to get the momentum in the game you can't allow the other team into the game. Maybe the doubts are coming in moments like that and that is definitely what I don't want."

Caixinha reckons he got his game plan right at the National Stadium - but blamed his players for failing to carry out his instructions.

Now he has warned them to stick to his blueprint this weekend.

"I used the day off on Monday to look at the game and we analysed the game on Tuesday with the players," he said. "We came to the conclusion that normally we have two ways of seeing one plan.

"If it is a bad plan and everybody believes in it and tries to execute it then maybe it can become a good plan. When it is a brilliant plan but you don't execute it then you will never know it, so what we expect now is to have a good plan with good execution.

"When we analysed the game, in some moments some players were acting in the right direction and other players were not doing the same thing at the same time.

"We have to have co-ordination about the ideas so everybody acts at the same time in the same direction."

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