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Rangers boss Caixinha has already made impression on Johansson

 

By Andy Newport

New Rangers coach Jonatan Johansson's first day working under Pedro Caixinha has left him further impressed by the Portuguese boss.

The former Light Blues attacker was confirmed at the weekend as No.3 to Caixinha and started work with the squad following the 3-0 Ladbrokes Premiership win over Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday.

The 41-year-old Finn said: "I was very impressed. I think the plan he laid out in the interview and how he wants to work was very professional and very inspirational for a young coach.

"His team is top class. Today was the first training session for me and the way everything is organised on the pitch and before the session is very impressive so it will be a fantastic place to develop myself as well and hopefully I can bring a lot to the team.

"There's a great group of coaches and we'll all get our specific tasks that we do in training and out of training in terms of analysing and scouting.

"There are very particular tasks and the manager is very open in the way that he works with the group and we know what is expected from us as coaches in the same way as the players do."

The former Charlton and Malmo player, who left his post as coach with the Finland national team to return to Ibrox, insists he has enough local knowledge to bring something extra.

He added: "I've lived here for a long time, my wife and son are Scottish and I've worked with Motherwell for three years and you get a good view of youth football in the country.

"Those players have now progressed into first teams so I have a good knowledge of them and I've been watching a lot of Rangers games and a lot of other Scottish games and I think that's something that I can bring to the group.

"We're in an important part of the season so it's important that we work long hours and get everything right straight away because everything needs to be right for the team to be able to perform to a level on the weekend."

Gers striker Joe Dodoo, meanwhile, claims their 3-0 victory at Pittodrie was no surprise - because his team are better than Aberdeen.

Dodoo hit the third in a five-minute goal rush in the latter stages, but the Dons remain nine points clear in second place with six matches left.

However, the former Leicester striker said: "We weren't surprised because we are better than them no matter what anyone says.

"Sometimes we aren't winning games, but we do have more than them and if we exploit the right spaces, do the right things and make the right decisions, play as a team and continue to work hard we should be up there.

"I am happy because we got the three points and we hadn't won for a while and it was obviously brilliant to come on and score."

Aberdeen had been on top in the second half before Kenny Miller struck the first of his two goals in the 79th minute, but Dodoo felt he had seen a way to change the game before he came on with 20 minutes left.

The 21-year-old said: "I could see what needed to change at that point because we were really narrow and playing into their hands a little.

"All I had to do was stay wide and if I made the pitch as big as possible then our midfielders could get on the ball.

"I knew I had to go on the pitch and exploit the spaces and luckily we did that and within a five-minute spell we beat them."

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