By James Murray

21st Sep, 2023 | 1:40pm

Rangers: Kenny Miller shares 'animal' verdict on Jose Cifuentes, makes Michael Beale demand

Kenny Miller has shared an “animal” verdict on midfielder Jose Cifuentes ahead of the Rangers game against Real Betis in the Europa League on Thursday (21 September).

Speaking on the Scottish Football Podcast on Wednesday (20 September), the BBC pundit said he believes the Ecuadorian midfielder will “come into the reckoning” after struggling to adapt to life at Ibrox.

He called on Michael Beale to find the right role in the Gers side for the 24-year-old, who joined the club from Los Angeles FC over the summer.

“Cifuentes will come into the reckoning, there’s no doubt about it,” said Sky Sports pundit Miller. “I think he’s an animal in the middle of the pitch Cifuentes. He’s got great legs, it looks like he wants to burst forward as well, he looks like he could be a box-to-box player.

“So again, it’s about him settling and finding the right role in the team for him. That is Michael and his staff’s job, is to find the right way of playing for the players that you’ve actually got and that’s something, at this moment, I don’t think they have.”

Needs time

It’s been a huge change in lifestyle for Cifuentes in making the move from Los Angeles to Glasgow over the summer and it can’t be easy to adapt.

That is why the midfielder perhaps deserves a bit more time to get to grips with life in Scotland before too much is expected of him.

While he has shown glimpses of his quality, Beale hasn’t really given him a consistent run in the side or found the right position for him to thrive in.

The Light Blues boss appears to be struggling to decide on what his first-choice lineup should be, but you would think the Ecuadorian will make his way into that conversation at some point.

The Englishman is under growing pressure to deliver following an unconvincing start to the season, but a victory against Real Betis could help provide some much-needed confidence for a number of his players.

In other Rangers news, Chris Jack has revealed two players will be out for at least a month.