There is no doubt Rangers’ second half v Hibernian has earned new manager Michael Beale a fair amount of faith from the Ibrox majority. Fans who didn’t want Beale in as boss changed their tune drastically over that second half, seeing that rotten first half turn into a rampaging win over a spirited Hibs, and indeed further satisfaction was taken from it being a comeback from 1-2 down.
It hasn’t quite got into full-on ‘In Beale We Trust’ territory but he picked up a lot of goodwill after showing the ability to manage in the face of adversity and create a comeback when it looked like Rangers were going to fall at home on his first night as boss.
Rangers fans are a fickle bunch, these days more than ever – Ibrox Noise has been behind Beale from the word go, considering him a natural successor to the Rangers job and someone who knew the club inside out – his CV, as much as QPR fans now try to sh*t on it, was excellent till Wolves turned his head.
And hopefully that second half v Hibs is a sign of things to come – it is, indeed, the first time we’ve seen our players truly playing with their hearts, with gusto, and with dare we say it passion for some considerable time.
It hasn’t earned fans’ trust completely, it’s only one match after all, and tougher tests are to come than Hibs at home – travelling to Pittodrie this weekend is a big, big test, given Jim Goodwin’s side are in good form now.
But it helped – Beale took a truly awful first half, reassessed, changed, fixed, and it was a completely different second half.
The signs under the new Rangers manager are promising – it’s not in Beale we trust quite yet, he’s got a long way to go before earning that faith, but as long as the players are in tune as they were on Thursday for that second 45 at Ibrox, then he has a chance.
We didn’t take Leverkusen seriously, like any friendly, but it did give a signal that there was something to work with. The Hibs comeback cemented that.