By Peter Lynch

27th Sep, 2023 | 10:10am

Rangers coach speaks out on Michael Beale pressure as ‘all scenarios’ claim made

Rangers assistant Neil Banfield has explained that Michael Beale is well aware of the pressure he is under at Ibrox.

The coach added that they have prepared for “all scenarios,” with the latest involving injuries to a handful of important players.

Kieran Dowell, Todd Cantwell, Tom Lawrence, Nico Raskin, Danilo and Rabbi Matondo are all expected to miss the League Cup tie with Livingston on Wednesday (27 September) through injury.

When asked if Beale is aware of the pressure he is under, Banfield said, as quoted by Sky Sports (26 September): “Of course. We all are. We can’t get away from that.

“I think when we all come together, we speak as a group, you analyse and you prepare for what is coming, all scenarios.

“We have prepared for this, we deal with it. With the injuries, you know you have built a strong squad and it is time for players to come into the team and they take us into the semi-final.”

Constant pressure

It seems that Beale has been under constant pressure during his time at the club, and unfortunately for the manager it does not look like going away anytime soon.

That is mainly because it is part and parcel of the managerial position at Ibrox, with fans of the Scottish giants always expecting the highest of standards.

And it is also because Beale has let standards slip in recent times, with defeats to the likes of PSV and fierce rivals Celtic particularly damaging.

The fact that the man in the dugout remains under pressure even with the club currently on a three-match winning run speaks volumes.

Moreover, they have kept clean sheets in all three of those games, one of which was a superb Europa League group stage win over Spanish side Real Betis.

More results like that, however, will definitely ease the pressure on the boss, who simply cannot afford to slip up in the coming weeks.

In other Rangers news, a BBC Sport journalist has shared a “relief” verdict after the club’s 1-0 win against Motherwell.