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.
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.
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.
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.