Michael Beale Encourages Jose Cifuentes to Step Up Amidst Key Player Absences

Nicolas Raskin would miss the Europa League opener against Real Betis at Ibrox on Thursday night due to a calf injury he picked up in a recent game.

The setback in Raskin’s availability adds to the growing list of absentees for the Gers, with Todd Cantwell and Danilo, a Brazilian striker, also sidelined. Danilo, who had an operation on a fractured cheekbone sustained while scoring the first goal in a match against St Johnstone, remains on the road to recovery.

However, it’s not all doom and gloom for Rangers FC. The absence of key players has opened the door for others to step up and prove their worth, and one player in particular has been singled out by Michael Beale. That player is Ecuador international Jose Cifuentes, whose arrival from Los Angeles FC earlier this summer raised hopes among fans.

Cifuentes has had a somewhat unconvincing start to his career with the Gers, but the upcoming weeks present a golden opportunity for him to shine. He will now be in direct competition with Ryan Jack for a spot in the midfield, and Michael Beale believes that the time has come for Cifuentes to make his mark.

In a recent statement, Beale expressed his confidence in Cifuentes, saying, “This is his moment, he has been here for a while now. I said recently that the new players have been here long enough now. He was the last one to come in, but I still think he is ready.”

While Cifuentes may have faced some initial challenges, his coach’s vote of confidence is a clear indication that he has the potential to rise to the occasion and become a vital part of Rangers FC’s midfield.

The absence of Raskin, Cantwell, and Danilo may present a short-term challenge, but it also offers an opportunity for players like Cifuentes to prove their worth and contribute to the team’s success. As Rangers FC navigates a competitive season, the performance of players like Cifuentes could be the key to achieving their goals in both domestic and European competitions.