Rangers  boss Pedro Caixinha revealed he has no interest in signing another striker before the transfer window closes and will instead back his academy players to step up if needed.

The Portuguese manager believes Gers youngsters Ryan Hardie and Zak Rudden will be fitting replacements should the club’s first team trio Kenny Miller, Alfredo Morelos and Eduardo Herrera become unavailable.

The Scottish side have been busy this summer, bringing in nine new faces to the Ibrox Stadium since May.

Caixinha seems to be satisfied with his striking force and has expressed faith and trust in the club’s youngsters.

“No (Rangers don’t need to sign another striker)”, the Gers boss told Herald Scotland.

“We have Ryan Hardie, who was on the bench in midweek. We have Zak Rudden who is 17 but I trust him as well. If I have to go to the youth team to get some players for one or two matches we should have no problems with that.”

Whilst Caixinha is full of optimism for his youth players, he has also criticised Hardie for being “lazy” and wants the 20-year-old to work harder.

“Ryan will definitely be staying with us until January, I think he will improve much more just being with us training sometimes than just going and playing a game,” the Rangers boss continued.

“He needs to leave his comfort zone. He is a goal-scorer, but sometimes he is very lazy.

“He is an interesting player but I want much more from him than just being a goal-scorer.

“It is good to have managers who give a chance to young players but the young players need to fight to deserve those chances.”

Rangers recently suffered a 3-2 defeat against Hibernian F.C. at the weekend after new signing Ryan Jack was shown a controversial red card in the 36th minute.

With many of their new signings still adjusting to the Scottish Premiership and the nature of the competition, Caixinha’s men should not be too disheartened by their latest setback.

The Gers will take on Heart of Midlothian next weekend, a game they will be expected to come away victorious in.

Caixinha and the Glasgow side have the unenviable task of closing the gap between themselves and age-old rivals Celtic, who went through last season’s domestic campaign unbeaten.


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