HOPEFUL Rangers fans are heaping pressure on new manager Michael Beale to produce results for the remainder of the season, an exclusive Clyde Insider poll has revealed.
In a survey on Twitter, we asked users: “What should Michael Beale aim to achieve in the rest of this season (with Rangers)?”
And the majority of the 90 fans who responded put a Premiership title win at the top of their wish list.
Preparations for Beale’s managerial bow at home to Hibernian are underway when Premiership footie returns on December 15.
He is making a return to the Ibrox fold after previously being an assistant to former boss Steven Gerrard.
Almost a fifth of fans (19%) are hankering for a repeat of last season, when Giovanni van Bronckhorst secured Rangers’ first Scottish Cup since 2009.
Securing European football is next, gaining 8% of the overall total, however, a Premiership victory would also achieve European football, due to Scotland’s standing in the UEFA coefficient.
Ranking last in our poll is a win in the Viaplay Cup, achieving just 1% of the vote.
Commenters even pondered ambitions of a double, with user @BillyB99420124 responding: “League title and Scottish Cup.”
However, his enthusiasm is not met by everyone, as @craig_m0808 replied: “League title is gone. Both cups and closing the gap will be an achievement.”
Rangers currently sit nine points behind Old Firm rivals Celtic at the league summit as they head into the second half of the season.
Rangers advanced through two qualification rounds to achieve group stage Champions League football
this season, but exited following the worst performance in the League’s history, among a group comprised of Ajax, Liverpool, and Napoli.
Following Rangers’ 2021/22 journey to the Europa League final, and subsequent penalties defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, supporters have an appetite for a return to European football, be it in the Europa or Champions League.
Rangers’ Viaplay Cup campaign so far this season has not been without its difficulties, as a 1-0 home victory over Championship side Dundee in the quarter-final did not have supporters convinced. However, Michael Beale’s return and promotion to manager may change fans’ minds, as Rangers’ Viaplay Cup semi-final at Hampden against Aberdeen awaits in January 2023.
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