Michael Beale must hang his head in shame (again) after absolutely wrecking Todd Cantwell for the Old Firm only to let him shine again in a match which matters 0% against St Mirren.
The Rangers manager has absolutely ruined three Old Firms, and lost a bunch of Ibrox Noise’s (and fans in general) trust and faith in him, but it’s the frustration of how he set Todd Cantwell up as some kind of bizarre defensive midfielder, leaving him to work only in defence and completely neuter his creative game that irks right now.
Until the Celtic match, Cantwell was Rangers’ overall best player, shining pretty much every single game as a standard and level above all the rest of our playing personnel, due to the freedom his manager was giving him.
Ibrox Noise essentially suggested this lad was the new Barry Ferguson, and we maintain to this day that he is capable of being that good, if he isn’t already.
So what did Beale do prior to Celtic?
He made him play a defensive role, removing all his creative powers and unfairly drawing criticism from a portion of the Rangers support who thought he was just having a bad game.
Far from it, with the role he was inexplicably given he actually had a great match, but unfortunately defending is not what fans want to see Todd Cantwell do. Fast-forward to St Mirren and he shone once again with the shackles off.
Yes, yet another Old Firm gaffe from our boss who has now played a part in hijacking all three that he’s managed, for reasons known only to him.
Out of his depth? Struggling with the pressure?
Mistakes in the Scottish Premiership aren’t overly punished (unless by St Mirren) but when you face Celtic the rise in quality from third place down is gigantic – so you use your best tools and you use them in the best way.
You do NOT waste Todd Cantwell by turning him into John Lundstram.
Was this a reason Rangers lost? It didn’t help did it? Beale seems obsessed with ruining every single Celtic match via a new and original way. 2-2 – he brought on the wrong subs when we were clearly in the ascendancy. LCF – he just started with patently the wrong team. 3-2 he waited too long for subs and completely mismanaged Todd Cantwell.
Maybe Rangers are too big for Michael Beale, we just don’t know, but what we do know is the league is gone and Beale isn’t innocent in that.