Jose Mourinho talks reaffirm Pedro Caixinha’s belief in Rangers path

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 12: Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha gestures during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibr

Pedro Caixinha says a pep talk from Jose Mourinho has reaffirmed his belief that he is on the right track at Rangers.

The Ibrox side are three points off the top of the Scottish Premiership after back-to-back wins over Ross County and Dundee but the Portuguese came in for criticism following the Gers' Europa League exit to Luxembourg outfit Progres Niederkorn early in the campaign.

But Caixinha says he can always count on advice from his compatriot Mourinho, adding: "Talking to him totally confirmed my belief that I'm on the right track, especially because first of all he is the best."

CARSON, CA - JULY 15:  Head Coach Jose Mourinho on the sidelines before the match against the Los Angeles Galaxy at StubHub Center on July 15, 2017 in Cars
Image: Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha praised Jose Mourinho

"You need to look for the best. If you ask me which manager you would call to discuss football and training then it's him," he told the Evening Times.

"If I have something to ask him, I do it directly. There was a time when I spoke with him regularly but not anymore. In those days, I was an assistant and I was looking for knowledge and making sure I was heading in the right direction.

"Now my time is overloaded but, whenever I do need to speak to Jose, I go directly to him. There is no-one better. And his advice has helped me since coming to Rangers, totally."

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Alfredo Morelos continued his hot goalscoring streak as a double helped Rangers record a 4-1 drubbing of Dundee at Ibrox.

He added: "We don't normally speak like 'this situation has happened, what should I do?' It's more about direction and conviction, how to be convinced about the methodology you use and the way you use it.

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"That's what we discuss - training and matches and the preparation for each and the relationship between them. We got into the standards of this massive club and also the game model and the training model."

Elsewhere, Josh Windass is hopeful his injury problems are behind him after he got on the scoresheet in Rangers' 4-1 win over Dundee on Saturday.

Rangers beat Dundee 4-1 at Ibrox on Saturday
Image: Rangers beat Dundee 4-1 at Ibrox on Saturday

The 23-year-old started the season brightly but a hamstring pull ruled him out of the win over Ross County before the international break. However, he is keen to build on his weekend goal after being hampered by injuries during much of his debut campaign in Glasgow.

"I thought I started the season well and I was disappointed to get injured against Hearts," he said. "I just want to kick on. Getting injured is just part of football, hopefully I can stay fit and get a few goals.

Josh Windass celebrates his goal against Dundee
Image: Josh Windass celebrates his goal against Dundee

"It was great to come on and score. Before the game I knew I was going to be a sub but I said to myself that if I got on I'd try and make the team better. Thankfully I did that.

"I think you can see we have real quality on the bench now, players like Jason Holt and Dalcio aren't even making the bench. It shows the depth of our squad at the moment and I think that's a positive."

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