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Rivals unleashing their aggression on my Gers, says Caixinha

 

By Andy Newport

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha claims their opponents are more aggressive against his team than other Ladbrokes Premiership sides.

The Gers face Partick Thistle in the Betfred Cup quarter-finals tonight after being held to a 2-2 draw by 10-man Jags on Friday.

Thistle had five players booked, as well as Chris Erskine sent off for a bad challenge on Alfredo Morelos, after being on the end of seven yellow cards - two of them for Niall Keown against Aberdeen - in their previous four matches combined.

Alan Archibald's side only gave away 10 free-kicks but Caixinha argued they were not the first team to save their aggression for Rangers.

"It's interesting because normally when you watch the opposition teams playing against maybe the four opponents before they play against us, and normally in those opponents are top teams like playing against Celtic and Aberdeen, I don't see the same behaviour," Caixinha said.

"I don't see the same aggression that they have with those teams that they have with us.

"I'm not criticising. I'm saying that we need to know how to deal with it because it's happening and it's happening on a regular basis. So it's one more thing that we need to care about - not caring about the opponents' game, playing our football - but when it's time to fight, it's time to fight."

Caixinha, who will be without injured skipper Lee Wallace for the trip to Maryhill and Saturday's visit of Celtic, added: "It's a fact. I'm not saying why it's happening. The fact is that it's happening and we need to know how to deal with it.

"It's not a surprise. It's one fact we need to know how to deal with. When you analyse things and you see the scenario and go for the reality about facing each opponent, you see that things are going in that direction. That's the reality we need to face."

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