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Manager Pedro Caixinha is backing Rangers to stay on the right path

Sheffield Wednesday 0 Rangers 2

By Robert Jones

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha says his side will take winning momentum into their Ladbrokes Premiership opener after rounding off their pre-season campaign with a 2-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Caixinha again played a settled side in front of 20,739 fans at Hillsborough, almost 8,000 of them supporting Rangers, although James Tavernier was missing with a foot injury. Lee Hodson slotted in at right-back.

The Ibrox side had drawn with Marseille the previous weekend and won 2-1 in a training-ground game against Watford in midweek, and Caixinha was in confident mood as he looked ahead to his side's first league game against Motherwell at Fir Park next Sunday.

Rangers know they will be judged on competitive action following their shock Europa League defeat by Progres Niederkorn of Luxembourg, but Caixinha was a happy man as he analysed his final preparations.

Caixinha said: "The last three games, Marseille, Watford and Sheffield Wednesday, were fantastic for us to get our cohesion, to get our ideas, to add everything in and get our confidence and our belief.

"The boys have been making a fantastic effort in order to keep focused and look forward, and today they had their bonus.

"We knew since the very beginning we are not the worst team in the world and we are not the best one, but we need to keep this focus and this approach to the game, especially since the very beginning, the principle of the 20 minutes."

Rangers dominated the first half and Josh Windass gave them the lead just before the break when he slotted home following Ryan Jack's through-ball.

Gers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham made a point-blank save from Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes and Kenny Miller doubled the visitors' lead when he fired high into the net.

Caixinha added: "The Watford game was very similar to this wherein we controlled almost the entire first half, and while they confused us a little in the second half with the substitutions, we adapted with Kenny dropping off more as a shadow striker to help Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans in the middle.

"Things went okay in that moment, and we learned a very important lesson. Sometimes we have to sacrifice and suffer, and we can do that, and I am very happy with the boys.

"We need to take this momentum into the Motherwell game - and that's the one which really matters."

Meanwhile, Dundee and Dundee United will face each other again in the Betfred Cup after being paired together at Dens Park.

United secured a place among the seeds with a penalty shoot-out win following a 1-1 draw at their neighbours' ground.

And the teams were the last two out of the pot moments later as the second-round draw took place live on BT Sport. That game will also take place at Dens Park. Holders Celtic will be at home to Kilmarnock while Rangers also got a home draw against Dunfermline, who saw off Hearts on Saturday.

Hibernian will host Ayr, St Johnstone are at home to Partick Thistle, while Aberdeen will travel to Hamilton.

Seeded Motherwell got a difficult draw against 2016 winners Ross County in Dingwall, while there will be an all-Championship tie at Falkirk, where Livingston will be the visitors.


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