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Pedro Caixinha promises Rangers will be back stronger

St Johnstone 1-2 Rangers

By Andy Newport

Pedro Caixinha has vowed to do all he can to deliver a brighter future for Rangers after bringing down the curtain on their nightmare campaign.

Rangers ensured they finished on a minor high by beating St Johnstone 2-1 in Perth yesterday.

But it will not wash away the disappointments of a season which has ended with the Light Blues trudging home in third, a massive 39 points adrift of champions Celtic. However, Caixinha says he is determined to ensure the supporters who mobbed him at full-time for a rendition of the 'Bouncy' do not have to suffer a repeat next year.

Speaking after goals from Kenny Miller and Jon Toral sealed victory over a Saints side who bagged a Graham Cummins consolation, he said: "I'm a guy of the people, I like to enjoy these times with fans.

"For sure I hope there will be more success for them in future. We work for the supporters. We have the best fans in the world.

"We love to make them happy and we want to share that happiness with them."

With just over a month to prepare for the club's first Europa League qualifier on June 29, the job now for the Portuguese coach is to assemble a group of players better able to meet the expectations of those fans.

Caixinha would not comment on reports he has agreed a deal to sign Aberdeen's Ryan Jack, but he did insist he was well down the road to securing fresh talent.

Asked if the hard work starts now, the Ibrox boss - who revealed defender Danny Wilson's knee injury will see him miss the club's first European clashes as he starts a 10-week recovery period - replied: "No, we've been working in that direction since we arrived. We hope to have the job done as soon as possible.

"I'm definitely glad to have had an overview in the last two months.

"One of the main reasons we came to the club early from Qatar and why Rangers had to pay for us to come was to assess and make decisions.

"The team will be something different next season, definitely."

ST JOHNSTONE: Mannus, Scobbie, Alston, Millar, MacLean, Shaughnessy, Foster, Easton, Kane (Cummins, 46 mins), Craig, Thomson (Hurst, 68 mins). Unused subs: Clark, Anderson, Paton, Gilchrist, Jardine.

RANGERS: Alnwick, Tavernier, A Wilson, Bates, Beerman, Holt, Barjonas (Halliday, 89 mins), Toral (McKay, 75 mins), Windass, Waghorn (Bradley, 84 mins), Miller. Unused subs: Foderingham, Dodoo, Lyon, Atakayi.

Referee: Andrew Dallas

Man of the Match: Jon Toral

Match rating: 7/10

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