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Rangers boss Caixinha targeting Cup glory with 'best squad in Scotland'

By Andy Newport

Pedro Caixinha will tell his new Rangers squad they are the best team in Scotland.

The Portuguese coach - who becomes just the 16th man ever to occupy the manager's office at Ibrox - has inherited a team sitting third in the Ladbrokes Premiership, a massive 33 points behind bitter rivals Celtic.

But he believes the Gers should be aiming to overtake Aberdeen to finish as runners-up while also targeting the Scottish Cup.

Caixinha watched from the Parkhead stands as his new side battled back for a morale-boosting 1-1 draw against Brendan Rodgers' Hoops on Sunday. Yet the 46-year-old is well aware confidence is a fragile commodity in Govan and admits he may have to massage some egos.

Speaking as he met the media for the first time at his Ibrox unveiling, he said: "This is the squad we have for now and we really trust the players. For us, this is the best squad in Scotland.

"We just need to give them confidence. When I work with one team, the players who complete that squad are always the best ones.

"We need to work on it. We need to get to know each other. But I do believe these players can do good things.

"If you ask what the targets are for the end of this season, we are eight points below second place but we need to play that opponent twice. We are chasing.

"The other one is the Scottish Cup. We are just two games from the trophy."

Caixinha will be under pressure to improve the club's recruitment after Mark Warburton's unsuccessful spree. The fact he has yet to meet - or even speak to - chairman Dave King will raise eyebrows but he has been assured there is money.

"I'm a guy of relationships," he replied after being asked if he had held discussions with King. "We haven't spoken yet but I will be glad to speak soon.

"I'm coming here because I believe in (the board)."

The former Al-Gharafa boss does not foresee any problems adapting to Scottish football.

He said: "I'm already adapted to (working in Britain). I'm a world citizen. When I arrived in Mexico, I'd never been there.

"I knew nothing about Santos Laguna. I didn't even know anything about the Santos Laguna players, never mind the Mexican competition.

"But what I propose from now is to know the club in its deepest condition, from top to bottom."

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