Pedro Caixinha happy to win ugly

PEDRO Caixinha has admitted that results are all that matters to Rangers at the moment after watching is side edge out Ross County 3-1 in a Ladbrokes Premiership match in Dingwall yesterday.

Caixinha had been under intense pressure to get a victory after his team lost to Hibs and drew with Hearts in the league at home and was delighted they triumphed up at the Global Energy Arena.

The Ibrox club stormed into a 2-0 lead in the first-half thanks to an Alfredo Morelos double before allowing their hosts to pull one back in the second half through Thomas Mikkelsen.

A late strike by substitute Eduardo Herrera, who had replaced Kenny Miller after an hour, with one minute of regulation time remaining made sure of a hard-fought victory.

The victory lifted Rangers to fifth in the top flight table – just three points behind their city rivals Celtic and five points adrift of unbeaten league leaders Aberdeen.

“Back to winnings ways which is the most important thing and we got it,” said Caixinha. “I was pleased with the first half, but I didn’t like the way we lost easily some passes that led to the goal in the second half.

“That also led to the momentum of the game shifting in that stage of the game to the opponent. We lost a lot of balls. We didn’t control the game by having the ball so that’s something we need to analyse with the boys.

“But games like this teach us that the games are about winning. Sometimes you need to suffer or can’t play the best way, the game is still about winning. So I’m pleased with the work of the boys and I’m pleased with the result.”

Caixinha, who is hoping to add more players to his squad before the close of the summer transfer window on Thursday evening, believes Morelos, who took his tally for the season to five with his double, will go from strength to strength.

“I think Alfredo is a goalscorer and he is scoring goals,” he said. “He will continue scoring goals. Strikers live for goals. Morales is scoring so he is getting confidence.

“Herrera really needed this because he is a hard worker, he is desperate to score goals. I know him very, very well. He is a guy who works really hard to get the things he wants and of course he will keep working hard, but he has more confidence when he is in front of goal and has the final shot.”

Carlos Pena, the £2.5 million signing from Mexican club from Guadalajara, came on in the second half and once again failed to impress greatly, but Caixinha is confident the midfielder will come good in time.

“You saw how many times he gets in the box, even from wide left,” he said. “He is this type of player. He is going to get used and he will get the right rhythm. It’s about games and minutes, about getting a rhythm from playing. He will be a totally different player, I know. I have no doubts about the type of player we have.

“I think all of them are going to be interesting players. They are team players, we just need to give them time and give them confidence.

Asked if there would be any more new arrivals this week, Caixinha said: “Mark (director of football Allen) will be in charge of it. I will go to Portugal for a class in the university and we will be in contact with Mark. We know what we want and we are working on what we want and we hope to do.

“Now we are going to recover. The boys will have four days off and after we will have plenty time to prepare for the next match.”

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