By Jonty Banks

19th Dec, 2022 | 1:30pm

Ross McCrorie believes Rangers manager Michael Beale is 'one of the best' coaches to grace Ibrox

Former Rangers player Ross McCrorie has admitted Michael Beale is “one of the best” coaches he has ever worked with, ahead of Aberdeen’s clash with Glasgow club.

The Light Blues travel to Aberdeen on Tuesday evening (20 December) as the Englishman looks to make it back-to-back wins in the Scottish Premiership since his appointment as Gers manager.

During his spell at the club, McCrorie featured under Beale, who was assistant manager to Steven Gerrard at the time.

Speaking prior to the clash, and as reported via Rangers Review, the 24-year-old praised Beale’s tactical nous and man-management skills.

He said: “Michael Beale is a really good coach, probably one of the best I’ve had in the game. I wish him all the best but hopefully, we come out on top on Tuesday.

“He just simplifies everything and his man-management in the way his training and tactics are. He covered a lot of small details which I hadn’t really had before.

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“He didn’t just improve me, he improved a whole load of boys. Obviously, Rangers went unbeaten that season.”

Good early signs

The early signs are promising for Rangers and Beale as the Englishman gets used to his new surroundings at Ibrox.

Although lacking sole managerial experience, the number of years spent behind the scenes devising tactical plans and improving players on the training pitch can’t go unnoticed.

His impact on the training pitch at Aston Villa was evident as Gerrard struggled after his departure to QPR in the summer and was subsequently sacked.

With Leon King and Ianis Hagi penning long-term deals with the Gers and youngsters Alex Lowry and Adam Devine getting shots with the first team, fans will be thrilled with the initial impact Beale has made after the sacking of Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

The Rangers faithful will hope to see further progress over the festive period and new year as their side tries to kickstart a title charge against a Celtic side nine points clear at the top of the SPL.

In other Rangers news, Michael Beale may have uncovered a “Rolls Royce” at Ibrox despite being underused all season long.