Rangers manager Michael Beale reverses Jon McLaughlin decision

Rangers manager Michael Beale reverses Jon McLaughlin decision
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 15: Rangers Manager Michael Beale looks on ahead of the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Hibernian FC at on December 15, 2022 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Rangers manager Michael Beale has once again left fans guessing after an about-turn on his adulation of Jon McLaughlin as ‘number one’ after now announcing in fact Allan McGregor is number one.

The boss, who has a habit of talking ‘nonsense’ in the press, is well-experienced in feeding rubbish to the media by throwing out various red herrings, keeping the papers, broadcasters and sites like Ibrox Noise guessing.

And only a few days after extolling the virtues of the utterly rubbish Jon McLaughlin (we’re bold enough to say that about him) as number one, he’s reverted back to Allan McGregor and suggested he’s the first pick.

On McLaughlin he’d said:

“I feel this year the narrative around Jon is a poor narrative. In my time at the club previously and, since I’ve been back, Jon’s record per game with wins and clean sheets is absolutely outstanding. He made quite a high-profile mistake but I don’t think we should condemn him. It’s important that I keep Jon focused and feeling like he is wanted and loved around here because he is. If I think it’s right [to select McGregor]. It’s nothing against Allan. Allan obviously came out a few weeks ago at Ross County for Jon to go in. I just had a hunch that this week or looking at this month I wanted Jon to play this game. We’ve played it and we’ve won. Hopefully now some of the fuss can go away. We win with Allan and we win with Jon, that’s a good sign.”

But on McGregor he’s now said:

“Allan McGregor is the best goalie in Scotland. Me and Allan have got an unbelievable trust, built up over a long period of time. He knows that every now and then, I’m going to say to him, ‘okay Al, rest up this one and play this one’. But the majority of the time he’ll play. In my opinion he is the No 1 goalkeeper in Scotland and I think we are not far off from having that with the other couple that we have in the building. I get ‘Allan McGregor, you leave him out’, but he’s completely up to speed with everything that is going on. He’s a really mature man,” continued the Rangers boss. “He thinks about the whole club, the whole team, not just himself, and that’s why he’s been such a top professional. I thought he showed it again on Sunday. He was a little bit angry he had to do a little bit more than what he would like to have done. He’s our No 1, but Jon and Robby are two excellent goalkeepers. He’ll be a miss, you know, I’ll rotate the outfield players, I’ll rotate the team. I know there’s a lot written about, ‘you have to have your No 1’. I think that’s a bit old fashioned. The way modern game’s going, at different times you look at people and you think they might need a little break and someone else to come back in. That’s what I’m paid to do and if I get the majority of those decisions right, I’ll stay in a job and if I don’t, I won’t. I’m a big boy.”

Now, under McLaughlin he did not explicitly announce him as the club’s outright number one, but he defended him to the hilt, and hinted strongly that he was more than comfortable with him between the sticks. At the very least, he strongly expressed that McGregor and McLaughlin are equal.

Now with these latest quotes, he’s dumping everything he previously said about McLaughlin and bringing McGregor back in. And even adding Robby McCrorie to the mix.

As we explained last night, Beale talks utter mince to the press, he spouts garbage more than any manager in the history of Rangers, but boy is he good at getting results on the pitch. That’s what matters to Rangers fans.

We will continue to cover his comments in the press, because that’s what we do, but unfortunately, as you’ve guessed by now, you can’t trust much if any of what he says. Only that we will always accurately bring you reports on what he says.

On we go.

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  1. Must you call our manager a lier in every article? We’ve enough to deal with the Celtic press for decades trying to destroy our club.
    Grow up for goodness sake snowflake get a grip!

  2. Lol! Of course just ignore the point and prove mines.
    The man refused the job at Wolves and was going to stay at QPR but couldn’t refuse us.
    Don’t think he should be called a lier for ever more on just about every article.
    Fans have to come to sites like this with the media being rarely interested in what’s right and sensationalise every little thing.

    • Funnily enough, you’re the one calling him a liar, we didn’t? We point out he fabricates things to keep the media guessing because that’s his style, you’re the one smearing him as a liar. Might wish to rethink your argument my friend.

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