Rangers are without skipper Lee Wallace (groin) and centre-back Danny Wilson (calf) for the visit of Celtic, with fellow defenders Bruno Alves (calf) and Declan John (thigh) aiming to be fit.
THE game takes place on Saturday 23 September at Ibrox.
“You could see the confidence after we went two goals up in extra time”. I’m just here to discuss a football match, which we are totally focussed on winning.
“We’re a lot stronger and fitter than we were last time so we’re relishing the chance to go there behind a good result”.
But Caixinha insists that “the actors may be different but the script remains the same” and believes his side can win the match whoever plays. I wouldn’t say I got carried away but leading up to it was tense.
“We have one squad that is complete, we have one squad which gives us options and solutions and also one squad that is giving competitiveness”.
The 21-year-old returned from injury to face Ross County last weekend, playing an hour and scoring a goal, before sitting out a 4-0 Betfred Cup win over Dundee midweek.
“These situations allow you to make decisions”. They should have been further behind than just one goal. It is a dilemma that Rodgers will not mind.
“They have two options; they go more or less the way they started against Paris Saint-Germain or they go like they do against the majority of the teams”, he said.
“We’ve learned from that [keeping their heads] in the past, and me especially, but it’s a great occasion and we’re looking forward to every single moment of it”.
The Light Blues are better equipped to deal with Celtic than they were when they crashed to a 5-1 humiliation on home soil last term, but they may not be good enough to emerge victorious.
“It would mean nothing”, he said.
“We’re in the semi-final, we got the win, we played good football, we created umpteen chances and thoroughly deserved to win the game”.