By Doug Ward

7th May, 2023 | 9:10am

Michael Beale has “no one to hide behind” if it goes wrong for him at Rangers now Ross Wilson has left Ibrox, according to columnist Gary Keown.

Beale was hired by Wilson in November to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst but the London-born manager has since failed to impress with the Gers set for a trophyless season.

But with Wilson now at Nottingham Forest, Keown believes Beale is a bit more exposed to trouble at Ibrox – especially when so many changes are being made behind the scenes.

Writing in the Scottish Mail on Sunday (7 May, page 127), Keown said: “There is always the chance, though, that The Week of Long Knives inside Ibrox – this unprecedented, yet badly needed, dispersal of dead wood in senior positions – might have left Beale feeling a bit sheepish, too. It should.

“John Bennett hasn’t done as lot of talking since taking over the chairmanship from Douglas Park – although he must and will – but there is no question the club is entering something of a step-change with the departures of Park, Ross Wilson, Stewart Robertson, Craig Mulholland and Andrew Dickson, and strong rumours of others to follow behind. The long-overdue exit of former sporting director Wilson leaves Beale with no one to hide behind.”

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Bennett and James Bisgrove won’t be blamed if they do decide to get rid of Beale this summer.

Although Bennett may have played a role in his arrival, he wasn’t the main man behind Beale’s return to Ibrox because that was mainly down to Wilson, who could never be bothered to do the hard work when it came to recruitment at any level.

Bennett and Bisgrove should already be close to hiring a replacement for Wilson ahead of the summer transfer window and if that replacement has a manager in mind they would like to be in charge of the club, they should make the change.

Beale’s done nothing extraordinary as the Rangers manager other than win games he’s supposed to win.

Van Bronckhorst wasn’t doing that this season but at least the Dutchman got us to win a Scottish Cup, won some Old Firm games and even took us to a Europa League final.

Rangers haven’t been less competitive since Steven Gerrard’s early days at Ibrox and will Beale turn that around? We don’t think so unless there’s some kind of Neil Lennon-esque meltdown at Parkhead.

In other Rangers news, a billionaire-owned Premier League club wants to take this 53-year-old after an exit development at Ibrox.