During Philippe Clement’s unveiling, CEO James Bisgrove was asked about the influence of former Rangers manager Michael Beale on transfers.
Bisgrove initially confirmed that Beale had heavily influenced the process, but later changed his statement and claimed that Beale was only a part of the process that Ross Wilson and others had put in place months earlier. This has caused confusion and uncertainty regarding Beale’s actual level of influence on transfers.
Not only did he admit that Michael Beale played a significant role in those signatures, but he also placed responsibility for those failures on the scouting department.
He goes on:
It appears that by using the phrase ‘heavily influenced’ and at the heart of that’, you are implying that Beale was responsible for designing his own team.
The fact is that Rangers fans were aware of this and he was given the opportunity to build his own Rangers side from scratch.
However, it is clear that his plan failed miserably. Beale had too much control over decisions, which ultimately resulted in bad outcomes. Bisgrove is now trying to deflect the blame from Beale and put it on scouting, in an attempt to save face.
However, in doing so, he inadvertently reveals that Beale was given free rein to do as he pleased and was supported by the scouting section. This was a costly mistake that Rangers should have avoided.