Ross County manager John Hughes has taken a leaf out of Pedro Caixinha’s book ahead of facing Rangers this weekend at Ibrox – comparing the clash to “bulls and matadors.”
Yogi’s side head to Glasgow on Saturday as they look to build on the 4-1 thrashing of Aberdeen last weekend but Hughes is well aware that his side are in for a tough afternoon against the runaway league leaders.
The former Falkirk and Hibs boss is a big fan of how Steven Gerrard has Rangers playing this season, calling it “proper football” and admits there is “no getting away from” the fact Rangers have better players.
The Gers’ 15-game winning run in the league came to an end last weekend against Motherwell and Hughes has believes Rangers will be the “matadors” at Ibrox as they look to take a step closer to the title.
“Rangers play football the way it should be played. They keep the ball, you don’t get a touch of it,” Hughes said. [Not The Old Firm]
“I could sit here and wax lyrical about Rangers because their style of play is right up my street.
“Proper football; Everybody can look after the ball, full-backs scoring goals, guys coming off the bench and doing the business, plenty of rotation, pace, goals and that’s why where they are where they are.
“I have been to Ibrox many a time when you are right up against it. There is no getting away from it, they have better players than us.
“I use a great phrase; bulls and matadors. There is many a time I have been the bull and it is not nice getting a chasing. It might be like that on Saturday.
“Many a time I have coached a team when they have been matadors and it is a great feeling when you are looking after the ball and taking your time, taking the sting out of the opposition, moving to from side to side, looking for that opening.
“That’s what Rangers do, you can see they have been well-coached and they implement it.
“So we will be right up against it but it is one we are looking forward to. As a player it cannot faze you, it has to inspire you.
“You get to test yourself against the best and I hope the boys can do that, that their mindset is that we can give them a game.”
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