Former Beale Aribo switch could be game-changer for Rangers

Former Beale Aribo switch could be game-changer for Rangers
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - MARCH 21: Rangers player Joe Aribo looks on during the warm up before the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park on March 21, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

We’ve been alluding to this one most of the day, but if there’s one thing we at Ibrox Noise absolutely trust about Michael Beale, it’s his ability to build a team and system.

He’s already proven his ability to do this in the summer in 2020, when he famously explained he’d tinkered with the setup to build the team around Joe Aribo. He made a big change to the middle to see the Nigeria international as the central focal point of the whole team, and hey presto, that formation change worked and we won 55.

He’s proven he can change his setup and make it work. Of course, he was Steven Gerrard’s assistant back then but it’s widely understood he basically built the squad and the formations and even most of the personnel choices – Gerrard was the symbolic figurehead who ultimately made the executive decisions.

So Beale has previous for constructing new setups, new plans, new systems.

And he has a complete blank slate this summer to build what he wants, within Rangers’ budgets, of course, shipping out those he doesn’t want, to construct the winning squad/XI for the Ibrox men.

Now, what we’re getting at here is there’s no set formation or system that is his favoured one. Last season we operated a 4-2-3-1, a 4-3-3, and quite honestly a lot of variation in there.

As much as it felt like Beale was guilty of favouritism (like most managers, even Pep), he was flexible in the system he was using and it changed. He’s not tied down to a signature setup like some managers are.

Which means Beale is looking versatile – he’s bringing in a bunch of new players, shipping out others, and plans very much to construct a new setup with them.

We very much hope he does not fit square pegs in round holes, and isn’t trying to shoehorn players into his preferred system – going by his building of a system around Joe Aribo four years ago, he’s shown he can change the system around the players he has. There maybe wasn’t so much evidence of that last season, but as we say, a clean slate.

Beale has the tools, and he has the football knowledge to do it, and thanks to the Aribo touch, he has a spot of trust that he can do such things again.

This time he’s got a blank canvas to create his masterpiece on.

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  1. I like his ability to adapt. We have come a long way from “Plan B is to do Plan A better”
    I like the 4-2-3-1 but as teams adapt to us we need to mix it up and Beale is not afraid to do that.
    Gerrard himself said it would take him 20 years to learn what Beale knew and he didn’t have the time so he let him get on with it. So will I, lol

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