Giovanni van Bronckhorst lasted a year as Rangers manager and Michael Beale is in danger of not even reaching this milestone if things don’t improve.

If Gio had the excuse of a ridiculous injury list, the current boss can only look at his own tactics and gameplans for the current speculation about his job safety.

Speaking on The Rangers Review’s morning brief, Derek Clark and Chris Jack are far from convinced that what Giovanni van Bronckhorst was serving up is any worse than we are seeing at this moment in time from Michael Beale.

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It’s a difficult comparison to make given the squads available, however, patience ran out with Gio due mainly to the tactics that he was employing in domestic football on a weekly basis.

The Champions League return was harsh, but did we really expect anything with a defence of Leon King and James Sands with Steven Davis and Scott Arfield anchoring the midfield?

Giovanni van Bronckhorst comparison for Rangers boss Beale

When asked by a fan if Rangers had improved under Michael Beale, Clark replied:

“At this point in time I would say it’s a very hard one to call, I’m not sure this team this vintage is any better than under Gio.”

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To which Jack answered:

“I don’t think you can say the team is any worse but I don’t necessarily think you can say it is any better either.

“I think the answer is somewhere in the middle, I think it’s got the potential to be, the squad is younger, it’s got a different profile.

“I think there is more attacking threat in the squad but that’s only if these guys prove that they are better.”

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The biggest area for concern is still the quality of chances being created.

How many tap-ins or easy goals have Rangers scored this season?

Michael Beale can’t keep relying on scoring goals from pressing opponents or from set-pieces.

James Tavernier, given the money spent, shouldn’t be our top goalscorer.

Beale promised entertaining football, nearly a year down the line and he is still refusing to let the handbrake off.

A midfield three on the opening day of Kieran Dowell, Ryan Jack and John Lundstram?

He was lucky to not get sacked before the first whistle for that one.

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