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?