By Daniel Lewis

18th Sep, 2023 | 6:10pm

Ben Davies shares what Rangers players are doing to help save Michael Beale from Ibrox sack

Ben Davies has given his “100 per cent” backing to under-fire manager Michael Beale and insists Rangers can still have a successful season.

Beale’s job at Ibrox was called into question during the international break following a 1-0 defeat to Celtic on 3 September.

That made it two losses from four Scottish Premiership games this term, as well as exiting the Champions League in the qualifying rounds.

But after responding with a 2-0 win at St Johnstone on Saturday [16 September], Davies outlined what the players are doing to help save Beale.

“I back the manager,” he is quoted as saying by the Scottish Sun [17 September]. “I’ve got 100 per cent faith in him that we can have a good season this year. There’s a long way to go.

“He just needs people like me and others to put in strong performances for him. This is Rangers so you need to win every game.

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“When you don’t, it’s about knuckling down, working together and sticking together.

“If you look too much into what people say you end up going down a rabbit hole and it effects you eventually.

“The best way to handle that situation is just to block everything out and to take on a bit of a siege mentality.”

Quick turnaround

That siege mentality could come in handy for Beale as his future is still far from certain.

The Gers hardly blew St Johnstone away at the weekend, although in fairness any sort of victory at McDiarmid Park would have been welcomed before kick-off.

Beale’s side now have four successive home games to come, against Real Betis, Motherwell, Livingston and Aberdeen.

It is fair to say supporters will make their feelings towards Beale and indeed the players known if results do not go their way.

But putting a more positive spin on matters, the win over St Johnstone and quickfire home games could act as a turning point in the campaign.

As Davies said, it is still very early in the season and there is still plenty to fight for across four separate competitions.

A huge few weeks for Rangers started off in a winning way; now here’s to more of the same.

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