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Caixinha's 'aggressive' training impressing Rangers players

Jason Holt and Liam Burt seem to think there's an improvement.

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Rangers Unveil New Manager Pedro Caixinha Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Pedro Caixinha has had an extended spell of training with the Rangers squad over the international break, and there already seems to be quite a difference from his predecessor.

We can probably expect to see a more direct approach from Caixinha, at least according to Jason Holt, too. The midfielder said: "I think every manager has different styles, takes on the game and things they want to do so the new manager is no different and he has come in and he has ideas.

"The main thing has been some of the stuff that we put into play against Hamilton was getting the ball and getting it forward at the earliest opportunity and getting it wide, with people in the box and attacking the space aggressively."

Youngster Liam Burt has also been enjoying the new approach - as well as speaking of his wish to get into the team under the manager. "The training’s probably a bit more attack-orientated. Mark Warburton wanted to attack but to keep the ball in the process. The new manager is maybe a bit more direct.

"The training is sharp. Some of the drills are taking some getting used to but that’s only because we’re new to them. It’ll take time but I’m sure they will become habit in a few weeks."

A more direct approach, getting men into the box on the attack and taking more of a risk with crossing and passing, could be a good antidote to the often sterile possession the team enjoyed under Warburton. Hopefully, we should see a few people profit from the new style - particularly the likes of Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn.

If we can get some more youth into the team, that'd also be a huge bonus. Liam Burt is still probably the closest to be pushing on, but Billy Gilmour isn't too far behind, especially as the club bid to convince him to stay and shrug off interest from Chelsea.

Caixinha spoke about victory in the Scottish Cup, although there will be renewed hope of overhauling Aberdeen in the fight for second. The bookies odds are still fairly long, and you can still get 4/1 bets on Rangers overhauling them.

It's early days in Caixinha's reign, and while he shouldn't be properly judged until next season, it'll be interesting to see what he can salvage from the team. We'll be expecting that a few players could be salvaged, so hopefully we won't be needing to sign as many in summer as we initially thought.