Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha is relishing the challenge of facing in-form Aberdeen tomorrow after hearing their visit to Pittodrie likened to a trip to “hell”.
The Dons are chasing an 11th consecutive home victory and Caixinha accepts Rangers must win in order to retain any hope of finishing second in the Premiership.
The Light Blues are 12 points adrift with seven games remaining following consecutive draws with Motherwell and Kilmarnock, but Caixinha is preparing his team to meet the challenge head-on and ready them for an old-school contest.
“Everybody says we are going to hell and I like those type of scenarios,” said Caixinha, who has won once in three games since arriving at Ibrox following a spell in Qatar.
“Football is about challenges. The history of football started with two cities competing until they take the ball from one specific place and score one goal. Those moments were really violent and that’s the nature of football.
“We need to be clever, we need to have the right attitude and approach and grow with that old-style environment.
“It’s a game we must win if we want to finish second, definitely,” added Caixinha, who could have Lee Hodson back in his defence after the full back recovered from illness.
“And it’s also the first of the last seven fixtures. We put one challenge to ourselves, starting with this one.”