Scout Report | Clarke's bow against Caixinha's Rangers

Scout Report | Clarke's bow against Caixinha's Rangers

in #KillieStories October 24, 2017

Killie start life under new manager Steve Clarke with a trip to Ibrox to take on Rangers.

We head into the second of our three matches in Glasgow this month on the back of our 2-0 victory against Partick Thistle.

Rangers head into the match looking for a response to their 2-0 League Cup semi final defeat to Motherwell at Hampden.

In the league, Pedro Caixinha has seen his team score seven goals in their last two matches following the 2-0 loss to champions Celtic on September 23.

The Gers have taken four points from a possible 12 at Ibrox after beating Dundee 4-1 but failing to take maximum points against Hibs and Hearts.


While Rangers have the better record in matches between the sides, Killie did claim a share of the spoils in two of the three games between the teams last term.

Our last visit to Ibrox ended in a 3-0 defeat with goals from Lee Wallace Joe Garner and a penalty from Andy Halliday.

Having taken over from Mark Warburton, Caixinha used the summer to make his mark on the Rangers squad by making 11 additions in the close season.

Portugal international Bruno Alves was the most high profile arrival while Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans were already well known to Scottish football fans.

Alfredo Morelos has made a quick impact with eight goals since arriving from HJK Helsinki and the Colombian forward is likely to lead the attack once again.

Carlos Pena has started the last five games after arriving from Mexico while Daniel Candeias and Fabio Cardoso have also been regular starters. Eduardo Herrera has mainly been used as an impact sub while loan signings Declan John, Dalcio and Aaron Nemane have had a mixed impact.

Caixinha has moved Rangers away from the 4-3-3 system employed by predecessor Mark Warburton, preferring to move between a 4-2-3-1 and more latterly a 4-4-1-1 system.

Full backs James Tavernier and Lee Wallace remain as vital to the side as they were under Warburton with Declan John adding an extra attacking dimension in Wallace’s absence.

Josh Windass and Niko Kranjcar have featured as inverted wide players on the left of midfield with Candeias making the wide right spot his own.

Injuries have broken up Caixinha’s preferred central defensive pairing of Alves and Cardoso with a broken nose likely to allow Ross McCorie to return to the team for Wednesday’s match.

Kenny Miller’s recent absence from the squad has seen Pena play in behind leading striker Pena with Eduardo Herrera occasionally forming part of a two-man strike partnership.


Pedro Caixinha said: "Now it's time for you to react and I'm glad that we are playing on Wednesday.

"So if I can pick the same XI, if all of them were available, those guys who didn't do the work that they really needed to do yesterday, those are the ones who are going to start the match."

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