St Johnstone's Steven MacLean reacts to Caixinha comments, tells him to worry about Rangers dressing room

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is seen prior to the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has been criticised by St Johnstone's Steve McLean.

Steve MacLean (L), and Gary McDonald of St Johnstone celebrates his teams famous victory over Dundee United during The William Hill Scottish Cup Final between St Johnstone and Dundee...Steve MacLean (L), and Gary McDonald of St Johnstone

St Johnstone striker Steven MacLean has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he laughed at Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha's comments.

Rangers took part in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Morton over the weekend to keep themselves sharp during the international break, ahead of their return to league action this weekend.

The Gers played out a 3-3 draw with the Scottish Championship side at Auchenhowie, with veteran striker Kenny Miller finding the net despite his recent exile from the first team.

A general view of Ibrox Stadium is seen ahead of the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Scotland and Georgia at Ibrox Stadium on October 11, 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland.

After the game, manager Pedro Caixinha spoke to the club's official website about his side's preparations, and made a comment that seems to have angered some.

Caixinha suggested that he feels this weekend's opponents St Johnstone play in a similar way to Morton, making last weekend's preparations seemingly ideal for the upcoming league encounter.

However, St Johnstone seemingly don't agree with that assertion, and striker Steven MacLean has offered a rebuttal to the Glasgow Evening Times.

MacLean has admitted that he laughed when he read Caixinha's comments, claiming they were just mind games, and the only similarity between the two sides is that they both play in blue and white.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is seen prior to the Betfred League Cup Quarter Final at Firhill Stadium on September 19, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

MacLean, who came up through the ranks with Rangers and made four appearances for the Ibrox club, added that Caixinha needs to focus on preventing news leaks coming out of the Rangers dressing room, and suggested there is now added spice to the game as St Johnstone seemingly plot revenge.

“I did have a little chuckle when I read his comments. It is more of Pedro’s mind games,” said MacLean. “There are similarities with Morton. We both play in blue and white. I don’t know where he is coming from. Maybe he is trying to wind us up. He’s doing a good job of it. We are all petrified!”

“I think he should worry about stopping leaks coming out his dressing room. We will take care of his own business and he can keep doing what he wants. It is good banter and we do enjoy it. It does add a bit of spice to the game,” he added.

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