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Caixinha to usher in new Rangers era as Kilmarnock await

Right now, the Rangers fans propping up the bar in the Transfer Tavern are waiting to fully work out exactly what the Pedro Caixinha era will bring to Ibrox. 

The Portuguese has had a mixed start to his tenure in charge of the Gers and, with the Scottish Cup semi-final coming up, could do without the injury crisis currently plaguing him.

Rob Kiernan, Clint Hill, Lee Hodson, Jon Toral, Philippe Senderos and Lee Wallace are currently all sidelined after a spate of ailments forced the 46-year-old into naming his side to face Kilmarnock more than 30 hours before kick-off.

As reported by the Scottish Sun, academy Myles Beerman and David Bates will reportedly be named in the starting XI for the visit to Rugby Park. The pair will form a makeshift defence alongside James Tavernier and Danny Wilson, with young Aidan Wilson expected to be named on the bench.

“I can tell you the 11 who will start the game — it’s Wes, James, David, Danny, Myles, Andy, Jason, Emerson, Barrie, Joe and Martyn”, said the Portuguese.

“It’s not a question of that’s all we have.”

“It’s a question of confidence in the players in the first team, as well as youth players who work with us on a regular basis.

“It doesn’t matter if Kilmarnock know my first team.”

Though the threadbare nature of the current squad is somewhat concerning, the resident Rangers fans are largely delighted about the notion of seeing youngsters given a chance.


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