Pedro Caixinha shares what he told his Rangers players before facing Hamilton at Ibrox

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the stands

Rangers beat Hamilton Academical 4-0 at Ibrox on Saturday, in Pedro Caixinha's first game in charge.

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha in the standsNew Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has told the Daily Mail that his first words to his team before facing Hamilton Academical were to enjoy the game and play like they are kids.

The new Gers boss got his first taste of being in the home dugout at Ibrox as he took charge of Rangers for the first time since leaving Al-Gharafa to become Mark Warburton's successor in Glasgow.

Caixinha will have enjoyed his side's performance, as they coasted to a 4-0 win against relegation-threatened Hamilton Academical.

Emerson Hyndman got the ball rolling by tapping home James Tavernier's cross, before Clint Hill found the net for the third successive game by converting Jon Toral's free kick.

Martyn Waghorn made it three from the penalty spot after he had been fouled, and Lee Wallace grabbed the fourth, scoring after a neat flick from Waghorn to play him in on goal.

Whilst Caixinha hasn't had much time to get his ideas across, this was a strong start to his reign, and Rangers fans will be excited to see more of his team in action.

New Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha poses with a scarf after the press conferenceNew Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha

After the final whistle at Ibrox, Caixinha spoke to the Daily Mail about the game, and revealed that he told his players to enjoy the game, as playing with anxiety would hamper the performance.

Caixinha added that he told his players to play like kids, as they must enjoy playing and living the dream just as they did when they grew up wanting to play professional football – and he felt that they did just that in their 4-0 win.

‘My first statement to the players in the dressing room today was ‘I want you to enjoy it’,’ said Caixinha. “If you are anxious, things are not going to work so I want you to be happy. I want our team to play like they are kids. Kids love to play football, right?”

“All the professionals start as a kid dreaming of one day being in this position. Now they are in this position they need to enjoy it the same. So they did it and I am pleased about that,” he added.

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