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Caixinha labels Rangers' display best of his tenure

The Portuguese boss was proud of his side's showing in the 3-0 win over St Johnstone.

Carlos Pena: The Mexican midfielder scored twice to lead Rangers to three points in Perth.
Carlos Pena: The Mexican midfielder scored twice to lead Rangers to three points in Perth. SNS

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha believes his side's 3-0 win over St Johnstone on Friday was the best performance by his side since he took the reigns in March.

After an even first half the Light Blues eventually strolled to victory against ten-man St Johnstone thanks to a double from Carlos Pena and late Graham Dorrans strike.

With veteran forward Kenny Miller again absent from Caixinha's squad it was up to Mexican summer recruit Pena to fill the void once more and he done so with clinical finishes either side of the interval.

"I think it was the best collective performance since we arrived," said the Portuguese coach. "Very compact, very addicted to the game plan.

"Everybody at the same time knew what they needed to do.

"Quality and keeping possessions, attacking spaces when it was needed - and fighting collectively and defensively.

"So it was the best collective performance. And the cherry on the top of the cake is a clean sheet.

"We want the team to perform like this all the time. We didn't give up spaces, didn't give freedom for them to counter attack.

"That is something we worked at very hard all week and the boys understood it very well."

It was the best collective performance. And the cherry on the top of the cake is a clean sheet.
Pedro Caixinha

Rangers will soon turn their attention to a League Cup semi-final with Motherwell next Sunday. But Caixinha plans on taking a break first after bagging three important points.

He said: "Of course. Now the moment is for the boys to enjoy - they're going to have three days off.

"So am I. I'm closing the store and not going to think about football.

"Tuesday and Wednesday, we have all the information on Motherwell and will work on that.

"The desire is there in both teams to win. The opponents will be tough."

Saints skipper Steven Anderson saw red after 71 minutes, picking up a second booking for a foul on Alfredo Morelos having previously clashed with Rangers captain Bruno Alves at a set piece.

For his manager Tommy Wright, the dismissal was pivotal.

He said: "I thought up to 70 minutes we were slightly the better side.

"They put one cross in to the box in the first-half and we should deal with it better.

"We had numerous opportunities getting behind them but the final ball or finish wasn't good enough and up until the sending off we were dominant although they were still getting us on the counter.

"The red card totally changes the game.

"I have seen the first yellow card and if there is a level of consistency there should be a dozen yellow cards at corners kicks.

"Steven Anderson backs into Bruno Alves which he is entitled to do and he pulls him out of the way so he is the aggressor.

"Ando is then blocked and the referee decides it is two yellows when probably he could give them a warning.

"The second yellow, Ando should know better, he gets caught wrong side, there is minimum touch on him but Morelos is going to go down and he does and the referee had no option but to send him off.

"And with the quality Rangers have they created a few opportunities that enabled them to increase their lead to 3-0".

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