Michael Beale completely sideswiped the ‘Europe’ question at Thursday’s Rangers presser, in a rare example of not answering a question directly and possibly obfuscating the issue, but instead completely avoiding it.
Asked how he was coping with not having European football and how he managed to keep the players motivated, Beale rather evaded that and answered a different question.
As you can see, that’s answering a completely different question. We’re not sure why Beale evaded that question, it wasn’t exactly a trick question nor was it awkward, he just plain batted it away and babbled on about Partick.
That’s his right, to say what he likes in pressers, but this reply wasn’t helpful and did skirt completely around the topic of Rangers having no post-Christmas football for the first time since 2018 and Steven Gerrard’s first Europa League campaign at which Rangers exited during the group stage.
It is a new dynamic – we’re all very used to midweek Thursday football (or Tuesday/Wednesday this season) for the past three years, so having none after new year is definitely quite a new thing, and save for cup matches, which themselves have been on weekends recently, Rangers have no midweek football now.
And we suspect that’s something Michael Beale quite simply doesn’t really want to talk about.