We’re starting to see a lot of Rangers fans make a case for Michael Beale having ‘inherited a weak squad’.
That the group he’s got to work with is pretty poor, and his hands are tied.
The problem with this is this is the group he himself built, minus only Joe Aribo.
Every single Rangers player Michael Beale is picking, aside Colak, Davies and Tillman, is a player he has worked with for years already, and who he and Steven Gerrard brought in, and with whom we won 55.
McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Barisic, Kamara, Jack, Lundstram, Davis, Arfield, Kent, Morelos, Sakala, Roofe and one or two others are all his OWN players, players he knows terrifically well and who formed the side who got to Sevilla and won 55.
The only difference is no Joe Aribo.
Nathan Patterson wasn’t a part of Gerrard’s era at all, and Calvin Bassey made his name for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers, not Gerrard’s.
Aside these it’s player-for-player Beale’s own built squad, and so fans who are giving him a free pass saying the squad is terrible might want to remember it’s the one Beale and Gerrard built.
What we DO agree with is that it needs refreshed, and that applies to any squad in world football – you can’t progress if you’re not bringing in new talent every window. Celtic have already brought in three this window, Rangers have done nothing yet.
But to say the man has inherited a terrible squad is an absolutely comical assertion, given it’s only 18 months on from winning the league.
No, the squad isn’t bad, and it was built to progress.
It just needs updated a bit.