Rangers’ assistant coach, and in many ways, the real brains behind Rangers’ strong start to this season, Michael Beale, has revealed that Rangers have made some significant but covert changes to the system this campaign, and that’s a major reason for the performance and result improvements.
The former Liverpool coach was speaking about Rangers’ displays this season, and explained that the improvement in results, especially the statistical improvement, was down to some tweaks in system, style and formation.
Beale might think fans have not noticed the difference, but we have. Width is no longer provided by wingers, it’s all from the fullbacks, with almost all crosses coming from them. And the front three isn’t a front three any more, it’s a clear front four, with three attackers supporting one striker.
There are more, but Beale, the brainchild behind the change, has not only altered the formation and how Rangers play, but how players are thinking.
We’re seeing far more link play, far more interchange, and much more work being done with swapping positions – players no longer stick to one slot, but all of them are swapping with others to confuse opponents.
And as Beale says, a major part of that has been building around Joe Aribo and his excellent form.
Of course, he’s been missing lately, but others have taken the weight and done well.
And that’s the point about having a deeper squad.
But the new dynamic altered system is definitely having a major impact, and long may it continue.