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Caixinha grateful for show of support in Hamilton win

The Portuguese boss cut a subdued figure on the touchline as Rangers cruised to victory.

Celebration: Rangers winger Daniel Candeias hugs his manager Pedro Caixinha after making it 3-1.
Celebration: Rangers winger Daniel Candeias hugs his manager Pedro Caixinha after making it 3-1. SNS

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha thanked his players for displaying a united front as they rounded off a turbulent week with victory over Hamilton.

Kenny Miller was dropped from the first team squad for the visit to New Douglas Park, with Caixinha taking the decision to axe the veteran striker days after holding a squad meeting following the 2-0 defeat to Celtic.

At the meeting, the manager told the players in no uncertain terms that the team had to pull together. And they responded, fighting back after going behind to Danny Redmond's early strike for Accies to run out 4-1 winners.

After Daniel Candeias added Rangers third on the night the winger made a beeline for his embattled manager, something that Caixinha was grateful for.

Caixinha said: "I can express that in a word that for me is very important - gratitude."

"You bring me to be here, you bring me to Rangers, as the Rangers manager, I am going to give everything to you, give my life to you.

"I'm a man of principal so I appreciate the gratitude from Daniel.

"I said that we really need to know what they are made of. I know what they are made of.

"I sent this challenge to them and they said yes, we are here to play for Rangers, to play for us - and to play for you because you bring us here."

He added: "I'm delighted with the reaction that I expected and I asked for after Celtic. The boys reacted strongly.

"The result and the performance was positive. The boys really reacted - and showed that they are together."

I sent this challenge to them and they said yes, we are here to play for Rangers, to play for us - and to play for you because you bring us here.
Pedro Caixinha

According to reports Caixinha blames Miller for a spate of dressing room leaks following the Old Firm derby loss. The Portuguese boss was in no mood to discuss the dispute after the match.

"Look, I think it's totally disrespectful to keep asking about Kenny Miller," he said. "The 20 boys who were here tonight were fantastic.

"We are here to talk about this match. Kenny was not here because I did not pick him."

Hamilton fell apart after a bright start, leaving manager Martin Canning to rue his side's concentration levels.

He said: "We started the game really well and got the goal early.

"From there, we had a crazy 15-minute spell where we seemed to switch off mentally. We make too many individual mistakes and it ends up costing us.

"We have talked so much this week about the concentration you have to have against the top teams. Have your concentration, have your focus.

"Too many tonight switch off at crucial moments and good teams punish you."

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