Insider suggests major Michael Beale transfer decision as Rangers footage emerges
Michael Beale has enough time before Rangers’ season restarts to build up the fitness of his squad but he may also use the time to identify what areas of the squad need to be addressed.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis, speaking exclusively to Football Insider.
Beale was appointed as the new Rangers manager last week (28 November) and their season resumes later this month (15 November) when they face Hibs at Ibrox.
The 42-year-old told Sky Sports on Saturday (3 December) that he has to get his squad fit as injuries plagued Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s tenure.
“This is unlike what we’d typically see from the end of a normal season and the transition to the beginning of a new campaign where players will have anywhere between six to 10 or 11 weeks off,” Dinnery told Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.
“They already have those base levels of fitness. It’s dependent on clubs and individuals but they may have only been given seven to 10 days after the first half of the campaign to rest and recharge. Even then, it’s highly likely they’ll have been given some mid-season load management programme to keep them ticking over.
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“They will be at a really good base level of fitness and Michael Beale will now want to implement his own plans and philosophies in regards to how he sees Rangers playing and their set up and style.
“He needs the personnel, the players within the squad, to deliver whatever that is.
“It’s not something that can happen overnight but this is a really good opportunity to get some time on the training pitches, something you wouldn’t ordinarily be afforded in November and December.
“All of this is a little bit of a bonus but it really depends on how he sees this team going forward.
“He may not have the personnel in place to do that so recruitment might come into that.
“In terms of building a little bit of sharpness ahead of the league restarting, two to three weeks is more than adequate.”