Michael Beale is one step away from Rangers Legend status

Michael Beale is one step away from Rangers Legend status
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 28: Michael Beale, Manager of Rangers, speaks with Damian Matthew, Assistant Manager of Rangers, prior to the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and St. Johnstone FC at Ibrox Stadium on January 28, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Make no mistake, Michael Beale has a chance tomorrow to write himself into legend. He’s only been manager barely four months and already has a chance to win silverware at his first attempt, but it’s not just the occasion, it’s the opponent.

Rangers haven’t beaten the other mob in a meaningful match for a very long time – we exclude the semi-final at Hampden because that was to get to a final. In itself it didn’t win anything.

But tomorrow is different. Tomorrow is directly for a trophy and you can be damn sure our opponent will be completely fired up for this and ready to give it everything – and Beale, with a victory, would quickly be a hero.

Now, we said the same about Giovanni van Bronckhorst going into Sevilla, and it was true. Even his opposite number said one flick of the boot and one other trophy and he would have had statues built for him.

So we’ve had a Rangers manager in a situation like this before, only to come undone with the final heartbreaking hurdle – we are taking nothing for granted, we’re far from assuming we’ll win tomorrow.

But Michael Beale could become folklore. It’s ‘only’ the League Cup, but Rangers haven’t won it for 12 years, and it’s against the other mob in the final and so much rides on this match – as we say, ‘only’ the League Cup but the symbolism and significance of beating them in a final would be massive.

But we have to get there first – Beale is under his first true pressure as boss – there’s no drawing this one, we win or we lose, and Beale has to get everything right tomorrow to stand a strong chance.

We’re in good form, we have the element of surprise (told you there would be no training photos this week) on our side and we have momentum.

It’s about the manager getting the right team and the team being at 110%. We can definitely do it, and Beale would be a legend already.

But there’s ifs and buts and work to do before we get there. Hampden awaits.

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