Michael Beale might not always get it right when he opens his mouth, however, he has proven to be a man of his word when it has come to Rangers transfer business this summer.
The majority of the work was done to the squad before a ball was kicked and we are beginning to see the early signs of progress as the Gers boss rebuilds a worn and battered squad.
After bringing nine players in, Michael Beale was always going to face a difficult task clearing the deck but the Rangers gaffer isn’t far away from what he was hoping to achieve at the start of the window.
Michael Beale clears decks as Rangers exodus trims squad
The squad at one point was closing in on 40 bodies, a number that was unsustainable financially and practically in terms of trying to keep that many players happy.
The latest count sees this number down to 31, according to Transfermarkt, with a few names still to potentially come off too.
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Even more incredible, is that all of them are fit too – except for Steven Davis, but more of him to come later.
Leon King has been allowed to leave on loan and, like Alex Lowry, he will return to take his place in the first team squad.
By the time he comes back, Leon Balogun will be at the end of his short-term contract and the pathway freed up.
Josh McPake is still playing for the B team but reaching an agreement with the 22-year old so that he is free to find a new club would free up more money and space.
In midfield, Steven Davis might not have his future decided yet but Michael Beale has more than enough midfielders to not need the services of one who will be 40 next season.
Glen Kamara is another who isn’t long for this parish and Scott Wright, if another acceptable offer comes in, will be allowed to leave.
This, should all five players depart, takes the total squad size down to 26 which is a much more manageable number by the time you include four goalkeepers and players like Adam Devine as well.
Michael Beale has said that he wants a smaller and more dynamic Rangers squad and, even if he doesn’t complete that task before this transfer window shuts, the plans are in place to see it come to fruition this season.
All he needs to do now is prove to the fans that the quality has been upgraded as well as adjusting the quantity.