Michael Beale has contradicted media reports claiming Antonio Colak is to be sold, by confirming he is very much in his plans for next season, and claims the Croat’s lack of match time was injury-related and nothing more.
Speaking properly about the German-born Croatia international’s maiden season and future at the club, Beale was gushing of praise about his goal-fest under Giovanni van Bronckhorst, and suggested that at no point since he’d become manager had he really had two fit strikers to choose from.
The telling part of this quote is that he now says he has no issue with Colak’s style – indeed, why would he, Colak has been the best striker in the country this season but for injury – indeed, the only issue with Colak was the stuff we spoke about in a previous entry.
But we do know he has issue with Colak’s style, because the lad has been perfectly fit plenty of times and simply wasn’t favoured.
Has he been mismanaged? Absolutely. There is a spot of economy with the truth there from Beale, who suggests the hitman has been mostly injured since Beale came in, which is a big fat lie. Colak has been on the bench a tonne under Beale, and been brought on redundantly as a sub, which is a role he cannot play. He’s never scored from the bench in the Rangers shirt.
But from starts? Under Beale? As we reported before, 3 in 5 and an assist.
So time will tell if this is further Beale nonsense or if he is actually ready to build a team around Colak, who, if fed right, if set up right, will score for absolute fun.
And yet, many Rangers fans don’t rate him one bit. Of course they don’t.