Scottish Premier League: Balogun, Dessers Get New Manager


When Rangers of Scotland returns to the UEFA Europa League this week, it will be under a new manager as the club management has parted ways with coach Michael Beale.

It was the former Queens Park Rangers manager who approved the signing of Nigeria’s Super Eagles duo of Leon Balogun and Cyril Dessers.

Dessers has been playing regularly this season despite criticism from fans but Balogun has been in and out of the team.

The Englishman left Rangers off the back of a 3-1 defeat to Aberdeen on Saturday, which proved to be the final nail in the coffin of his time at the club.

They fell seven points behind Celtic in the Premiership as a result.

Rangers have decided to act now with Beale lasting less than 12 months in the role after he was drafted in last November to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

“Rangers Football Club can confirm it has parted company with men’s first-team manager, Michael Beale.

“The Rangers board would like to put on record their thanks to Michael and his staff for their efforts since joining the club last November.

“Results this season have fallen short of what everyone connected to Rangers would expect.

“Therefore, the decision was reached today to terminate the contract of the manager, as well as the contracts of coaches Neil Banfield, Damian Matthew, Harry Watling and Jack Ade.

“The club is pleased to announce that Steven Davis will lead the interim management team.

“The team will consist of former Rangers player and hugely experienced coach Alex Rae, former Rangers player and current coach Steven Smith, coach Brian Gilmour, and goalkeeping coach, Colin Stewart”, the statements read.