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Winning is our only option in vital cup clash: Caixinha


By Andy Newport

Pedro Caixinha has told Rangers that defeat is not an option when they face Motherwell in tomorrow's Betfred Cup semi-final.

The Ibrox boss is gearing up for his second look at Hampden since being appointed back in March.

His first experience of the national stadium ended in disappointment as the side he inherited from Mark Warburton were easily outclassed by Celtic in a one-sided 2-0 defeat.

This time, though, Caixinha is going in with a team he has largely constructed and now expects a vastly different outcome.

"We're all excited about the game," said the Portuguese coach. "We're looking forward to a semi-final that we have built from the very beginning - not like (last season's Scottish Cup semi-final against Celtic) when we arrived and went directly there.

"It's two different competitions, two different moments, two different teams - but just one thought. It's about winning.

"We're really keen to win and know what we need to do. It's not going to be easy. We're facing a tough opponent who is also passing through a great moment.

"We know the recent past of this club we are representing but we know the history also.

"But we only have two options - it's win or win."

Stephen Robinson - former assistant to Michael O'Neill with Northern Ireland - has Motherwell in top form.

Caixinha denied there was a need for him to go all the way in the League Cup to preserve his position.

He said: "I know we're working to win this trophy. But I don't work by need.

"If I have need for this or that, I go to the supermarket."

Rangers vs Motherwell

Betfred Cup semi-final:

Hampden Park, Sunday, 2.30pm

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