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Caixinha calls on Gers to bite back


By Andy Newport

Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha admits his team's toothless Old Firm display left him feeling ashamed.

The Ibrox manager was given his first taste of derby battle from the dugout last Sunday as they faced Celtic in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.

But Gers rarely threatened Brendan Rodgers' team and went down to a 2-0 Hampden defeat.

The teams meet again in Ladbrokes Premiership action on Saturday and Caixinha wants his men to show more fight when the Hoops arrive at Ibrox.

He said: "It does worry me a little that the aggression was missing - I wanted it from the very beginning. We have a principle and this week I am going to work on it a lot - we call it the 10-second principle.

"If you start with the ball or your opponents start with it then you need to create some sort of danger within the 10 seconds.

"The ball must be closer to the opponent's goal or if the ball starts with the opponent then you must recover it within the 10 seconds. Did you see that in the last match? I don't think so.

"We need to be angry about that and because it is an Old Firm we need to feel shame because we didn't perform.

"I want my team to have a different sort of commitment, a different level of concentration and a different competitive attitude.

"We want the team to be aggressive for the whole game. You have a small throw in that maybe means nothing but for you to get the momentum you can't allow the other team into the game. Maybe the doubts are coming in moments like that and that is definitely what I don't want."

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