Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha aiming to concede less following international break

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha has gone “back to basics” over the international break in a bid to improve his team’s defensive record.

The Light Blues have scored 17 goals in eight Premiership games this season, more than any other team other than leaders Celtic, but their goals against column of 11 is five higher than Aberdeen, who are level at the top with the Hoops on 20 points, and bigger than both Hearts and Motherwell.

Caixinha has prioritised his back-line ahead of Friday’s trip to St Johnstone, who have also conceded 11 goals, and is more confident after two weeks to work on the area with his third-placed side.

“We were more focused on the details this week because we make the analysis that we cannot concede so many goals and concede goals the way we are conceding them,” the Portuguese said.

“We need to get back to the basics of defending. That’s what we have been focused on. The boys did great the previous week when we trained much more intensively.

“This week we have focused on the principles of what we want and expect from the game. What we expect is: don’t let the opponent play their own game, and we want to play our game.

“After these couple of weeks, I think we are much more solid as a team if we defend better and concede less goals, because the difference of the goals scored is almost nothing from the teams that are leading the league.

“We want to keep going in attack but we want to improve defending, so that’s what we have been working on these two weeks.”