New Rangers manager Michael Beale is determined to reclaim the Scottish Premier League title from Celtic as he outlines his goals at Ibrox.
Speaking at his first media conference since being appointed as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s successor, Beale vowed to do everything he can to overturn the nine-point gap at the top of the table.
The 42-year-old’s first league game will be played at home against Hibs on 15 December. live on Sky Sportswith an Old Firm clash looming on January 2.
“We need to win 56 as soon as possible,” he said.
“We need to improve our cup record, which we obviously improved a bit last year by winning the Scottish Cup.
“We need to improve the identity on the pitch, that’s what I feel and that’s what the players feel too.
“At the moment one or two players’ values are not what they were six or eight months ago.
“It’s damaging to the players, the football club and the staff. We have to improve it, all the players have a responsibility over their own careers and it’s my job to hold them to that.
“I have to try to get the best out of them and that will make for a stronger Rangers.”
“The first thing for us is to get the identity on the pitch where we want to be. We have to start moving forward and winning football games.
“This Christmas period will have a big part in whether we can do it or not. The most important thing as always at Rangers is to win the next game.
Van Bronckhorst was sacked a fortnight ago after leading the club to the Europa League final and a Scottish Cup triumph last season, and the Champions League group stage this season.
Despite a dismal European campaign and domestic struggles, Beale insists the club remain in a good position.
“There’s been a real feel-good factor around the club at various times over the last 18 months and we’re sitting here today and everything seems broken, I don’t think that’s the case,” Beale said.
“That’s why I’m here with so much energy and desire to do well with these players and I’ve told them that – so it starts on the training pitch.
Wilson: Beal will be supported in the transfer market
Sporting director Ross Wilson insists the Rangers board will back Beale in the January transfer window if he wants an addition.
The new manager has had three training sessions with the squad and Wilson says he is still assessing the side.
“Michael first of all wants to assess what is here, probably about three quarters of the squad he knows very well from before.
“He will familiarize himself with where the boys are today as well as getting to know the new players as well.
“It’s certainly an assurance if Michael wants to do something in the market then, from the board’s point of view, we’ll try to support that as much as we can. As always.
“Michael used the word identity; we want to make sure we have a very clear identity on the pitch. We think the squad will be better for it.
“We have welcomed some players back from injury and will welcome others back in the coming days and weeks, which is another boost for the squad. We can see that energy on the pitch but above all we want to see it the identity on the pitch. and we know that Michael is very clear about that.”
Davis: ‘Exciting times’ await under Beale
With Beale now installed at the helm, Rangers midfielder Steven Davis predicts “exciting times” at Ibrox.
“The first couple of days have been bright and he’s already talked about what he wants the team to look like,” he said Sky Sports News. “These are exciting times.
“Having worked with him before, many in the group know that he will be very clear about his ideas and each session will be built around how he wants us to play.
“He just wants to play a brand of football that excites the fans, brings energy to the team and gives the attacking players the freedom to go and cause havoc and show their quality too.
“He’s his own man now too, so he’s in control of exactly what he wants the team to look like.
“He wants to play an exciting brand of football, have the fans right behind us and the team playing with energy.
“They are all things as a group of players that we want to be a part of and hopefully together we can go on and do well.”
Rangers next five games
December 15: Hibernian (h), Scottish Premier League, kick-off at 20.00, live on Sky Sports
December 20: Aberdeen (a), Scottish Premier League, kick-off at 20.00, live on Sky Sports
December 23: Ross County (a), Scottish Premier League, kick-off 7.30pm, live on Sky Sports
December 28: Motherwell (h), Scottish Premier League, kick-off 19.45
January 2: Celtic (h), Scottish Premier League, kick-off 12.30, live on Sky Sports
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