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Jon Toral relishing time to work with new Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha

The new Rangers boss enjoyed a winning start at Ibrox.

FOOTBALL 19/03/17 16:06
Jon Toral relishing time to work with new Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha

Jon Toral is looking forward to Rangers spending the international break building on Pedro Caixinha’s successful start to his tenure as manager.

A 4-0 Ladbrokes Premiership win over Hamilton at Ibrox on Saturday kept the Light Blues eight points behind second-placed Aberdeen.

Goals from midfielder Emerson Hyndman and veteran defender Clint Hill had the home side in easy street at the interval with a Martyn Waghorn penalty and a strike from captain Lee Wallace making it a good day for the Portuguese boss.

Rangers host Motherwell in two weeks and midfielder Toral, whose free-kick was knocked in by Hill for his third goal in as many games, hopes further progress will be made by then.

The 22-year-old Spaniard, on loan from Arsenal, said: “It is a good start under the new manager. He changed a couple of things but the lads understood what he wanted and I think we are going to get better.

“We have two weeks on the training pitch where he will insist on the things he wants to implement. He has asked us to press harder, keep possession and create more chances and that is what we are going to try to do, and work on the training pitch.”

Caixinha has his sights on the in-form Dons who beat Hearts 2-0 at Pittodrie on Saturday.

“It keeps the same distance with less points to fight for,” he said. “We still need to play against them twice. The next game, for me, is always the most important one. Now we are going to have two longer weeks so we will have more time to prepare things.

“I work to a pattern. They will come back on Monday to train and from there we go until Saturday when we finish here playing with our squad combined with under-20 players because we want to finish with a match situation. They will have one day free again and then we will start preparing for the next match.”

Lee Wallace, centre, celebrates scoring Rangers' fourth goal
Lee Wallace (centre) celebrates scoring Rangers’ fourth goal (PA)

Accies, who had conceded 10 goals in the two matches previous to the trip to Govan, dropped to the bottom of the table behind Inverness on goal difference.

Boss Martin Canning said: “It was always going to be a difficult game, with our recent results, their new manager and a big crowd. We are conceding goals at big moments in games. It seems we are switching off and giving ourselves an uphill task and little opportunity to have a real go.

“The one thing we have always done is respond well to negative performances and we need to make sure we do that.”

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