Rangers boss Michael Beale has snapped back at reports and questions surrounding the club’s transfer business.
Speaking after the disastrous 1-0 home defeat to Old Firm rivals Celtic at Ibrox, the Gers manager was fielding the questions of journalists in a press conference.
The Englishman is under increasing pressure in Glasgow after losing yet another big game following the 5-1 Champions League humbling against PSV.
Michael Beale has also been at the centre of the club’s summer transfer business and has been backed to make nine new signings this summer.
But only three of those players made the club’s starting XI in the Celtic defeat with Jack Butland, Dujon Sterling and Cyriel Dessers playing the game.
There are major question marks over attacking trio Cyriel Dessers, Sam Lammers and Danilo, who are yet convince fans that they’re worth the reported outlay.
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However Michael Beale has snapped back at the suggestion Rangers have spent big and defended his decision not to play more of the club’s summer forward signings.
Michael Beale defends Rangers transfer business
Explaining that players who play in the same position can’t be on the park at the same time, the Ibrox manager also claimed that the club has spent £13m on new players this summer.
Reports have suggested Rangers’ spend is substantially higher with Michael Beale claiming the newspapers are “miles out”.
The comments come after Michael Beale claimed the club would level the transfer balance sheet with the sale of Glen Kamara.
“When you lose six players that play in the front position you have to sign some,” Michael Beale said.
“They can’t all play at the same time, the players can’t all play if they play in the same position, that’s obvious.
“We had to sign these players. There’s been a lot said about the fees, I’ll tell you, you’re miles out.
“‘Who cost what and who cost this’, you’re miles out.
“We had to replace the players that went out, they’ve all contributed so far, they could all show a little bit more.
“But I don’t think it’s a slight on anybody that we picked Kemar Roofe, or the form Rabbi Matondo’s been in.
“I don’t think it’d be a slight on anyone if Tom Lawrence plays over a new signing; they’re part of our squad.
“We invested probably about £13m on nine players. It’s not like we spent millions on one or two; we spent £13m on nine players.
“At times the right balance has got to be sought out and that’s probably where the team needs to come together.
“But it’s after a defeat, all those questions are going to come forward.
“Today’s game was in out hands and we let it slip through our own faults.”
Rangers have now lost two of their opening four Scottish Premiership matches this season and Michael Beale has begun to lose vast quantities of the support.
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