The departure of Steven Gerrard sees major changes taking place at Ibrox, as Rangers close in on Giovanni Van Bronckhorst as next manager, something which would utterly delight us.
But the big overhaul sees Gerrard’s entire backroom staff following him south to Birmingham, which means Culshaw, Milsom, McAllister and most crucially Michael Beale all departing Govan for good.
Beale, let’s be 100% clear, was the Walter Smith to Gerrard’s Souness.
Graeme Souness admitted Smith was always the real manager behind it all, and that’s why Rangers were in completely safe hands when Souness left. He explained it was Smith with the tactics, Smith instructing from the sidelines, and frankly he himself followed Smith’s coaching in itself.
Smith was destined to be a great manager, but Michael Beale is pretty much doing the same thing for Gerrard.
It’s Beale we heard shouting, Beale who took the coaching at Auchenhowie, and Beale who compiled all the tactics and formations.
Was Beale the real manager? He was the mastermind behind it, yes, and we were always clear on that on Ibrox Noise, so this is not history being revised.
But the end decisions and choices were Gerrard’s and his alone. He was given the options by Beale and co, and he made the final calls.
So really losing Gerrard isn’t a huge deal, honestly. It’s Beale who was the one who put most of it together.
And it’s absolutely no wonder Gerrard will shift heaven and earth to have Beale continue on his team in England.
But we move on up here.