The Gers gaffer watched his side thrash St Johnstone 3-0 on Friday before jetting off to Portugal to catch some rays
PEDRO CAIXINHA has urged his players to top up their tans if they want to become Premiership challengers.
The Rangers boss has encouraged his squad to head abroad to warmer climes or use sunbeds whenever possible.
Caixinha is convinced increased levels of vitamin D will lead to increased performance on the pitch.
Former Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson shared the same philosophy and had tanning booths installed at the club’s Carrington training base to compensate for Manchester’s lack of sunlight.
Caixinha said: “Pedro Mendes told me about the need for sunlight. He used to go on a sunbed to make sure he got vitamin D.
“The players can also take a plane and go wherever they want on their time off. It is part of their lives and they need to understand it.
“I need to incentivise them to do it. I have spoken to the doctor about the need for vitamin D and I think it is part of the players’ prescriptions here.
“You need to take it because your bones need it. It is important to have it or you will look grey and not great.”
Despite Scotland’s lack of sunshine, Caixinha is loving life in Glasgow.
And the Portuguese coach insists he has no trouble escaping the pressures of the job.
He said: “I’m the type of guy who, when I have that need to switch off, I switch off. If I have three days like these coming up, I’ll switch off and let go.
“I’m able to do that because I know myself very well. Since 1993, I’ve had this workaholic rhythm, since I was at university. I was the type of guy who would study to two in the morning but, since I’ve been in Scotland, I’m in my bed at 10 o’clock.
“I’m up early, five or half past five in the morning, and I start planning and organising everything, and I’m focused on my work.
“I realise I need that balance and when I realise that I am too tired to take anything from what I am doing, I stop, close the store, go home and get on again early in the morning. I can normally go two or three months with this high tempo, high intensity, but after that I have to switch off.”
Caixinha spent last weekend on the banks of Loch Lomond with his family and was not unduly inconvenienced having to pose for selfies almost at every turn.
He said: “I respect the passion of the people here for football a lot and it is part of my job if people approach me.
“I need to respect that. Just because I need to get away from it sometimes, I’m not the type of guy who will hide away. I’m a normal person like all the others.
“I have my wife, my kids, my family, and I want to live my life with them.
“I don’t find it more claustrophobic here. It depends how you live. I have my own routines. I am a guy of methods and routines so I just try to follow that.
“If you are focused on the essential and not the unnecessary, that’s my way of seeing things.”