Are these the four BIGGEST Rangers player improvements under Michael Beale?

Are these the four BIGGEST Rangers player improvements under Michael Beale?
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 02: Ryan Kent of Rangers in action during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on January 02, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

If James Tavernier arguably has had a bit of a downtime since new manager Michael Beale took the helm, the opposite could definitely be argued for many other players who have seen their form rise significantly since the boss replaced Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Ibrox Noise takes you through the biggest beneficiaries of Michael Beale’s management:

Fashion Sakala:

This is a huge one. The Zambian’s game has gotten gradually more polished, with his using his pace and dribbling to good effect rather than the old ‘running with his eyes closed’ style that held him back. A likeable chap, Fashion’s benefited from the new formation, and if we look at his numbers, they’ve been excellent. This season under Gio it was 1 assist 1 goal in 14 appearances, it’s now 3 goals and 5 assists in 11.

That is absolutely night and day in improvement, and there’s no question Sakala has honed his skills and thrived on not playing as a winger, which he admits he doesn’t like. He sees himself as a striker, and thanks to Beale’s system of narrow wingers who aren’t really wingers at all, but 10s, it’s getting the best of Sakala. He’s become undroppable under Beale, and regulars to Ibrox Noise will know we’re stunned to be saying that.

Ryan Kent:

We’re not going to milk this one too much, we covered it entirely in an earlier piece – Kent’s numbers in every sense are the same as before, he’s just much more in fans’ eyeline now thanks to playing more centrally like counterpart Sakala, and fans are seeing him more as a result. Consequently he’s being praised much more. Lovely.

Borna Barisic:

Borna’s a left-back reborn. His defensive duties have vastly improved, and his attacking nous is right back to classic Borna. Under Gio, 6 assists all season in 26 outings. Under Beale? 4 assists, 2 goals in just 9 appearances. Borna is 100% back to his best, and it’s a pleasure to see it.

Malik Tillman:

Regardless of what we might think about his attitude, his performances have absolutely flourished under Beale. 4 goals and 3 assists in 24 under Gio has become 5 goals and 2 assists in 12. He’s absolutely rocketed on, and fans are eager to see him remain. We do believe we have better players, not least in Sakala and Kent not to mention the superb Todd Cantwell, but he’s one who’s definitely benefited from Michael Beale.

If there are any other honourable mentions you think we’ve missed, let us know.

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  1. Goldson looks back to his best, like the defender he was during 55. His stats will probably prove me wrong but he doesn’t look as big as a “bombscare” as he can sometimes. Wright with the limited time hes got looks a bit better aswell, I don’t think he’ll be here too long though.

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