Pedro Caxinha's Rangers impact summed up by James Tavernier's Hamilton display

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha after the press conference

Pedro Caixinha's first game in charge of Rangers could hardly have gone any better.

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha after the press conference

Pedro Caixinha may have arrived at Ibrox with a reputation as a coach who bases his sides upon the decidedly risky strategy of all-out attack but, as his first game in Scottish football demonstrated, the Portuguese is not making the mistake of building his house on sand.

A 4-0 thrashing of Hamilton kick-started the Caixinha regime in style and, although this is only the beginning, there are a number of changes in evidence that appear to show that the 46-year-old has already put his stamp on the team and has developed a strategy to fulfil his attacking ideals.

First, the scrapping of the previous 4-3-3 system in favour of a 4-2-3-1 seems the ideal way of fitting Rangers’ most dangerous attacking talent into one starting line-up without ruining the side’s fluidity. Caixinha also appears to have got the best out of Jon Toral at last, while freeing up Emerson Hyndman.

However, it is Caixinha’s decision to start the forward-thinking yet defensively naïve James Tavernier over Lee ‘safe pair of hands’ Hodson that epitomises his tactical verve.

Rangers' James Tavernier (L) in action with St Mirren's Kyle McAllister (R)

The former Newcastle United youngster, often described as a liability by some sections of the support, was dropped in favour of Hodson for the trip to Celtic last week. And while the Northern Irishman was typically solid at the back, drawing praise for restricting Scott Sinclair, the new man in charge wants to excite, create and score goals rather than prevent them.

And that is where Tavernier, a full-back in the most modern sense, comes in.

The rampaging right-back set up Hyndman for Rangers' first and, if this goal-filled Saturday at Ibrox is anything to go by, the fans are in for more excitement in the months to come.

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