Rangers only have themselves to blame for appointing rookies

Rangers only have themselves to blame for appointing rookies
Rangers' English coach Michael Beale addresses a press conference prior to the second play-off Champions League match between Rangers FC and PSV Eindhoven in Eindhoven, on August 29, 2023. (Photo by Vincent Jannink / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by VINCENT JANNINK/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

What has gone wrong with Michael Beale? It’s not so much anything went wrong with the man, it’s Rangers’ strategy with new managers that has been the long-standing issue since 2011.

Ever since we chose Ally McCoist to succeed Walter Smith, Giovanni van Bronckhorst aside, all of Rangers’ appointments in the manager position have been rookies.

Pure and simply, Rangers need an experienced man capable of winning at Rangers.

Someone on Ibrox Noise suggested Dinamo Zagreb’s Igor Bišćan. Why? Because at 45 he’s already won a bunch of things. Just like Celtic’s ex Angie had in Oceania. He knew how to win, and he came into Celtic and did the same.


Rookie experiment after rookie experiment for now 12 years, since the 2011 appointment of Ally. Not a single manager, aside from Gio, with experience of winning.

And he was hounded out after a year for not being charismatic, having an injury crisis to handle and not being supported by the-then board. He was the best manager we’d had since Walter.

Now? Here we are with yet another rookie, another manager without real management experience who’s trying to guide Rangers to being the best in Scotland, up against a guy who has two trebles under his belt and was able to win at Ibrox with practically his reserve side.

It’s not just Beale, it’s all these newbies that Rangers’ board keeps cheaping out on, hoping to luck out on a gem of a manager who turns out to be a great boss.

12 years on and that strategy clearly isn’t working.

Rangers fans are going through groundhog day with this, and with Rangers’ ‘new’ board we really hope they invest serious money in a proper boss and not yet another experiment.

We need a winner, a born winner, a Walter, a Sir Alex – someone who has already won and knows what it takes – not someone who’s cutting their managerial teeth.

If we bring in yet more rookies, we’ll deserve everything that, sadly, we don’t get.

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  1. Another very good set of reality check observations. Beale is a dud. The board knows what needs to be done no hanging about. There are already talks on boycotts in Europa Competitions and buying merchandise. How much more embarrassing and low can we get. We are a laughing stock .

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