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Intense Caixinha already stamping his mark on Rangers

By Robert Jones

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has been trying to stress the main principles of his style during the international break. Only two Rangers players were on international duty, Northern Ireland's Lee Hodson and Scotland's Lee Wallace, giving the Portuguese - who succeeded Mark Warburton - the chance to build on his opening 4-0 victory over Hamilton.

Caixinha, whose team host Motherwell on Saturday, said: "It is important to establish the priorities. However, we cannot establish everything my philosophy is going to demand in terms of their performance.

"We need to establish points which are the basis - for example from the Hamilton game, we were good when we had the ball, trying to attack the opponents' goal, and when we didn't have the ball we tried to attack the ball - that's the basis we want to build the team around.

"So, this needs to be the basis for the Motherwell game, but with some upgrades regarding more principles. We have also been working on our set-pieces."

Midfielder Jason Holt remarked that every training session under Caixinha has been "intense".

Holt added: "I think every manager has different styles, takes on the game and things they want to do so the new manager is no different and he has come in and he has ideas.

"The main thing has been some of the stuff that we put into play against Hamilton was getting the ball and getting it forward at the earliest opportunity and getting it wide, with people in the box and attacking the space aggressively."

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