Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha sets sights higher than Aberdeen next season

Angry Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha accused Aberdeen's Derek McInnes of being disrespectful to him last night and refused to invite him into his office for the usual post-match drink. "I need to have that enthusiasm to pass it to the people who work with me".

Cranking up his war of words with McInnes, he said: "No, Rangers need to feel very proud".

Pedro Caixinha insists he is not thinking about Aberdeen next season and says the focus at Rangers is "always to be No 1".

"I'm sure Aberdeen will be able to reinvest in a player who gives you more going forward, rather than just defensively".

"What Ryan has told me over the last couple of days is that it is his intention to move on".

"Rangers again have sold out their ticket allocation so it will be a good atmosphere, I imagine a lot of Saints fans will want to come out and see us off for what's been a great season".

"The fact that we have already reached nearly 35,000 renewals - against what has been a backdrop of transition and managerial change - demonstrates the terrific fan base that we have".

"It puts us on the back foot and when we score first, we usually go on to win comfortably". Asked about Nicholas, he said: 'Who? "Media is part of my job but I will do things and say things that are in my head". I am defending this badge and this club and that's what really matters to me. I have my own mind and I won't act differently if I am being criticised.

"It was the first game of the season, we wanted to win and it was a 1-1 draw", he said.

The Portuguese stonewalled questions about his recruitment plans, apart from the throwaway comment that "Bruno Alves is a fantastic player".

Two goals in the first 10 minutes from forwards Billy McKay and Alex Fisher saw off an uninspiring home side and took Richie Foran's men to within one point of Hamilton in the relegation play-off spot.

Vanessa Coleman

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