Whether or not Michael Beale remains Rangers manager (we have significant doubts at this moment in time) what is clear is Rangers’ (new) board is working hard on continuing to overhaul things about this club which simply have not been working, and it is patently clear the scouting in the past few years has been nothing short of shambolic.
Aside Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey, there have been next to no successes in terms of the trading model as a result of scouting (maybe Sakala, possibly Kamara), and one of the most bizarre calls from the old board was to appoint ex-Celtic man John Park as chief scout.
Word is he might be out soon, but the bigger word is the overhaul in general of the entire scouting network.
Currently there’s about seven scouts at Rangers, and the information we’re getting is that’s going to be massively thinned.
We’re all in favour of the manager being a massive part of scouting, but clearly in Michael Beale’s case, it absolutely did not work, and there’s not been an ounce of value for money in the players he spent about £16M+ on.
But a lot is on the scouting network too – Beale did not do it all himself, he relied on his colleagues in scouting to bring some names to him as well, and going by the utter rubbish we signed, Jack Butland, Leon Balogun and maybe Jose Cifuentes aside, it was a dreadful window.
We cannot see how Michael Beale would have headhunted Cifuentes any more than Gio head hunted Ridvan Yilmaz – the scouting network here played a big role in who came in as well as Beale, because while this was Beale’s own window and Rangers squad, there has to be networking as well.
And we can’t fathom why Sterling, Dowell, or any of the four fails up front are at Ibrox if it’s all Michael Beale’s doing.
It could be, we don’t truly know – he boasted that he was going to be doing the scouting himself and didn’t need a Director of Football to ‘help out’. We do not know.
But Park may be going, along with a bunch of the scouts.
Rangers’ board, under James Bisgrove and John Bennett, are not hanging around with regards to cutting loose what they consider the chafe.
And that may well include Beale himself.