It’s time for Rangers to appoint an alpha Ibrox legend

It’s time for Rangers to appoint an alpha Ibrox legend
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22: Sky Sports TV pundit and former footballer Graeme Souness reacts as he is interviewed during Day Ten of the 2020 William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace on December 22, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

Michael Beale has a few problems at Ibrox to say the least. His squad isn’t good enough, the budget this summer probably won’t be lavish, and he himself isn’t a proven manager by a long way either.

However, there’s one simple move that, bewilderingly, Rangers have never made, which could help any of our managers a lot negotiating the chaos that is trying to make Rangers the best in Scotland again:

Appointing a proper alpha Rangers man assistant.

For all the talk in recent years of having Neil McCann, Barry Ferguson or a host of other well-known alpha Rangers men in there beside Pedro, or Murty, or Gerrard, or Gio, it’s never happened.

They wouldn’t be there for the tactics strictly, but for good honest Rangers advice, having big strong personalities and wise counsel.

In fact, that’s exactly Steven Gerrard sort of had, in the form of the man who is currently manager – he also had Gary McAllister, two big strong personalities who absolutely helped.

Admittedly Gio had Roy Makaay in there to guide him, but the point is none of these past managers had a big alpha Rangers man, a Scottish Rangers legend of the past to help with the ‘culture’ of the club, the expectation.

In particular, Beale himself. Let’s face it, his coaching staff is filled with complete non-entities, no big strong personalities who have a bit of a media profile, or indeed any kind of profile. He is the only one who is really known, and there certainly isn’t a Rangers man among his sidekicks.

He needs a strong personality besides him, for wisdom and counsel. Whether it’s McCann or even Kris Boyd, a Rangers man who can help to take a little bit of pressure off him and make it less about the Michael Beale show as it currently is.

Of course, these guys in many cases have jobs in the media or suchlike, and would they give up a cushy well-paid gig to get less money working in the rain at Auchenhowie?

Yes, yes they probably would – they’ve made their money in football and their post-playing career and having that boots on the ground at Ibrox again would be fantastic for them.

It would be a big thumbs up from us if the board realised this is a good idea.

Graeme Souness anyone?

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  1. I would have liked to have seen Souness asked a while ago onto to the footballing side of the board unfortunately it didn’t happen. I would definitely have Neil McCann and Kevin Thomson on the coaching set up. It still leave Beale though and I still think he will struggle to get us back where we belong both because of financial constraints and his ability to drive the plan.

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