There is no question this Rangers squad isn’t working under Michael Beale.
He admitted himself the side ‘got away with one’ against a solid and well-organised Motherwell, with only a fluke goal settling the match along with some outstanding goalkeeping by Jack Butland.
Post-match Beale further commented that the performance was a ‘concern’ and we see little point offering player ratings on a day when no one did themselves any justice aside the outstanding number one.
We’re now fast-approaching October, and after the brief renaissance of a good midweek result against a canny Real Betis, it’s back to domestic turgid football as a rotten selection of a team was unable to break Motherwell down, aside a bit of luck.
This Rangers just aren’t very good, it’s that simple. Celtic, indeed, are pretty darn howling themselves but they’re marginally less so and they are the justified leaders of the league at the moment, because Beale’s side have already slipped up twice.
Many Rangers supporters have argued this Rangers squad/side is the worst since PLG, and even harks back to the early 80s.
Some make the claim it’s the worst of their lifetimes, as if they never saw Emilson Cribari and Anestis Argyriou.
But it’s bad. It’s very, very bad.
It is a poor Rangers team which lacks a robust manager or a squad of gravity.
It’s a cobbled-together mess of a Rangers, with no backbone, no sturdiness, and absolutely no winning mentality to it.
It’s not just down to Michael Beale, but a lot of it is – we felt Rangers’ soul in abundance when Gio was the manager, it just went horribly wrong.
But under this guy we have no shape, no direction, no winning ethic, and now the admission on his part that we’re frankly pretty sh*te.
He made this squad, even if the class of Sevilla and Gio/Gerrard was hugely responsible for the Betis win – it’s in pretty much his image, and every player in that squad has his backing.
It’s not good enough, by a long shot, and is nowhere near title-winning as things stand.
Would we take 38 1-0 turgid wins like that all season? Absolutely. 100%. But that’s not what will happen and we all know it.
Motherwell nearly took all three points from Ibrox and no one would have begrudged them – and while Ibrox Noise is very binary in our opinion that what is, is, and a result is final based on who took their chances, the continuing signs of ‘luck’ on Rangers’ part are not a positive omen for the prospects of the rest of the season if the side is having to wing its way to wins most of the time.
Luck doesn’t win a title. The table doesn’t lie.
And Beale’s Rangers isn’t working. At all.