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Rangers tips: Caixinha to lead Gers resurgence and steal Dons’ second place berth

Rangers tips as Caixinha takes charge

After a promising Old Firm performance, featuring a collector’s edition Clint Hill goal, Rangers could be on the rise.

Google searches of Pedro Caixinha likely rocketed in Glasgow over the past few days as the self professed “world citizen” finally arrived at Ibrox.

The Portuguese has targeted a second-place finish in this season’s Premiership. This, combined with the desire to push past Celtic and head into the Scottish Cup final, will ensure an eventful conclusion to the campaign.

Here, we look at Rangers tips for the remainder of the season and the impact Caixinha could have…

New manager bounce

Could Caixinha spur Rangers to second?

Though mostly known for his touchline headstand, caretaker boss Graeme Murty effectively blunted Celtic’s attacking threats last time out. A solid foundation on which Caixinha, a former goalkeeper, should build upon.

The 46-year-old will begin interviewing for a ‘local’ assistant to help him at Ibrox and Murty should be top of his list.

Globetrotting Caixinha has been subject of doubts to whether he can settle in at Gers. However, he came out fighting in his first press conference: “I’m already adapted to it, I’m a world citizen. When I arrived in Mexico, I’d never been there.”

“I knew nothing about Santos Laguna. I didn’t even know anything about the Santos Laguna players or the league.”

His lack of knowledge didn’t hamper success. Caixinha led the Torreon club to the Mexican title and two other trophies before his most recent job in Qatar with Al-Gharafa.

With a knack of adapting quickly, Gers could power through the finish line this term.

Though Aberdeen head the ‘without Celtic market’ at 1/7 with Paddy Power, a 4/1 punt on Rangers nipping into second place would not be without reason.

Dons splutter against top six

With a poor top six record, could Dons slip?

Currently second in the Scottish Premiership, Derek McInnes’s men are flat track bullies against the bottom half of the table.

However, with the split drawing ever closer, can Rangers take advantage?

Aberdeen play three of their last five games before the split against top six opponents, then will face them weekly thereafter.

The Pittodrie team have struggled against such sides.

Out of a possible 36 points, Aberdeen have managed to collect just 18 against the league’s top half.

Encouraging statistics indeed for the Ibrox outfit.

Silverware still possible

Scottish Cup odds feature in our Rangers tips.

After losing to Hibernian in last year’s Scottish Cup final, a side that had gone 114 years without the cup, Gers will be out to get to another final.

However, bitter rivals Glasgow rivals Celtic stand in their way at Hampden, meeting in the semis later next month.

After a promising Old Firm performance last time out, and on neutral turf, don’t rule out a resurgent Rangers to go all the way.

Caixinha’s new club are currently 6/1 to lift the Scottish Cup this term, but expect that to change if the Portuguese gets off to a flyer.

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