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Tommy Wright hits back at 'paranoid' Pedro Caixinha

The St Johnstone boss denied his club benefited from a 'leak' of the Rangers team.

Spat: Wright has responded to Caixinha's comments.
Spat: Wright has responded to Caixinha's comments. SNS Group

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has branded Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha "paranoid" over claims his team was leaked to the Perth side last season.

Ahead of this weekend's meeting between the sides, Caixinha claimed that before the last match of the 2016/17 season Saints trained for the game knowing his starting XI.

Rangers made five changes for the game, which they won 2-1 at McDiarmid Park.

Wright dismissed that assertion as "fake news", saying he did his work to guess what the opposition line-up would be and Caixinha had "duff information".

"What he's talking about in terms of us getting their team last season, is just someone that's paranoid," Wright said.

"I didn't get his team last season, it surprises me that he says I did. We didn't change our training regime, we didn't wait for them to finish training to get the team.

"It just didn't happen so I now know what 'fake news' means because it didn't happen."

'I think his focus should be chasing Celtic and making sure they don't get ten in a row rather than trying to play mind games and not showing respect to another manager.'
Tommy Wright on Pedro Caixinha

Wright added: "He obviously has problems, he says there's a spy in the camp and it looks like he has a spy in our camp to be able to say we changed training but that's duff information because it never happened.

"We tried to second guess their team, which all managers do, but under no circumstances was I given the team or change training the day before the game because I do the same preparation, and it didn't happen.

"The comments are wrong and untrue about another manager at another club and maybe someone should look into that because he has no proof."

Wright accused Caixinha of trying to play mind games ahead of the match but said his team would prepare as normal.

He suggested his Rangers counterpart should be more focused on his own team and the challenges they face.

"His mind games are working," he said. "He's enrolled in some university course in Portugal so they must be telling him that's how they deal with things.

"I think his focus should be chasing Celtic and making sure they don't get ten in a row rather than trying to play mind games and not showing respect to another manager.

"Because when you tell untruths about another manager, that's not showing respect and really that should be his focus."

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