It has not even been a week since Michael Bealewas appointed as the manager of the Rangers, and he must already know that he has a mountain to climb if he is get something out of this campaign. The Ibrox club find themselves nine points behind Celtic in the Premiership title race after just 15 league games played.
It goes without saying that appointing someone like Beale is a risky move on the part of the Rangers. He might have had a lot of experience as a coach, but as a manager, he only has 22 games under his belt from his time in the QPR hot seat.
The results from those games were not spectacular either, as his QPR side won nine, drew four and lost nine. They were winless in five, with four of them being defeats, before Beale ended up making the jump to Ibrox after Giovanni van Bronckhorst was shown the exit door.
“I don’t think anyone will.
“And if I didn’t think we could do it with this group of players, I wouldn’t have come back. By that, I mean everybody that’s available in our squad. If you write our squad down and put it next to our biggest rivals’ – OK then, it’s game on. Game on.
“I’m watching the World Cup right now and there are teams who are committed, together and beating sides outside their means. So if you put our two squads together? Game on.”
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That is certainly a brave call from Beale and one he could potentially end up regretting if the Rangers continue to slide following the resumption of the club season.
While Beale’s appointment is a risk for the Rangers, it is a risk for him as well. It is safe to say that the pressure to succeed would have been lower at QPR. In Glasgow, anything other than first is as good as last.