Rangers coach Michael Beale has been singing the praises of manager Steven Gerrard in an eye-opening interview with Goal.com.

The likeable Gers coach has worked with the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Sao Paulo in the past, and the tactician described both legendary Brazilian goalie/coach Rogerio Ceni and Gerrard as “rock stars”.

But Beale reserved special praise for the Ibrox gaffer who the talented coach believes is helping to develop Beale as both a professional and a man in Gerrard’s own inimitable style.

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Michael Beale is a part of the Rangers backroom staff alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard and Gary McAllister. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“What I see from Steven is an obsession to get better,” said Beale.

“It is no secret why he was such a good player. He is obsessed with the game, has empathy and he is a leader with a good work ethic.

“He has good people he works with and he trusts people to do their jobs.

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“If he gives you something, you must do it well. The professionalism he has around people is fantastic. The key attribute is he is composed under pressure.

“He talks well, is precise and honest. These are good traits that are in any top people I have been around.

“How he manages the changing room is really good and he is a very good coach but he wants to stand back and assess players.

“He comes in and says his points at different times. It gives me some autonomy to do our training in the long term, along with the other coaches, in planning and implementing.

“At the moment, I think he is helping me grow and learn. I hope I am helping him structurally and with ideas on the pitch.”

Michael Beale knows Steven Gerrard closely with both coaches working together at Liverpool prior to the Rangers move. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

It isn’t just in his own development where Beale can see Gerrard’s influence.

 

The Rangers coach believes the Ibrox gaffer’s stature in the game and determination to get better has transformed not just Rangers, but Scottish football.

Praising the Rangera boss for his record so far at Ibrox, Beale believes that far from deserving criticism for the club’s recent form, Gerrard deserves praise for how far he’s taken the club.

“We have had a lot of memorable games in Europe and the Old Firm in a short period,” said Beale.

“If you look at other similar young managers, Steven has only lost something like 17 games in 117 [18 in 114, ed].

“That’s incredible even compared to Frank Lampard and Patrick Vieira. If you look at your Harry Kewells, Robbie Fowler and Garry Monk, he is 18 months out of it and he has been really good.

Beale is widely respected as a football coach in the British game. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

“We have had unbelievable highs and now through a period where we haven’t been able to play our strongest team.

“The fact that people don’t realise is that we have played 53 games this season which is more games than any team.

“Our starting XI can play at a very high level whether against Porto, Feyenoord or the Old Firm games. They have grown as a group very quickly.

“The weight on our players is huge: that’s a reduction in training time and finding that consistency level is difficult. We need to find more competition for places for our best players.

Mick Beale has been quick to defend the record of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“We have done extremely well but no one will pat us on the back because of the league that we are in.”

Michael Beale joined Rangers alongside Steven Gerrard when the Ibrox gaffer took charge in Glasgow back in the summer of 2018.

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