Saturday Ibrox revelation seems to ‘prove’ Gio Rangers conspiracy theory

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Saturday Ibrox revelation seems to ‘prove’ Gio Rangers conspiracy theory
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst is seen during the UEFA Europa League Knockout Round Play-Offs Leg Two match between Rangers FC and Borussia Dortmund at Ibrox Stadium on February 24, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Saturday night’s shock Rangers news was less a surprise and shock and more of a ‘quell shock’.

Many Rangers fans had sussed what was going on under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, that a number of senior players had downed tools and frankly faked injury, so lo and behold as soon as Michael Beale came in, a number of those injuries and issues have ‘mysteriously’ cleared up.

Kemar Roofe, Fashion Sakala, Connor Goldson and Ben Davies are among those now available when under the last manager they dropped like flies.

Indeed, the only three players that are now key, and are still, as far as we know, unavailable, are Tom Lawrence, Ianis Hagi and Filip Helander. Everyone else is available, bar of course Borna Barisic who remains in Qatar.

Ridvan might still be AWOL but he was nowhere near a key player, miles off it in fact.

But the rest?

All three goalies at Beale’s disposal, a defence missing only Helander, and Souttar to injury, and Lawrence and Hagi in attack. There’s really only four injuries now, and a lot of Rangers fans sussed that out as soon as Ibrox Noise effectively reported a major problem under Gio was that the players simply didn’t like him in the end, didn’t respect him and didn’t want to play for him.

Now, we’ll analyse the morality of that one in another entry, but in the here and now, Michael Beale has almost a full Rangers squad again.

And that gives him an instant advantage going forward – he now has the bulk of the team at his disposal, and don’t kid yourselves on that Rangers are miles behind Celtic in terms of quality – when our players are fit and in form, we’re a match if not beyond our Parkhead rivals.

We know this from 55, and while there’s a new manager at Celtic Park, he’s been a failure in Europe every season. Michael Beale is now a new manager at Ibrox, and all bets are off.

This is far from a declaration of 56, but the point is Beale has a squad to work with again.

Pity they downed tools for Gio, but it looks like, in the end, Gio was the wrong man in the wrong job.

We move on.

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