Rangers Boss Michael Beale Praises Defender After Win Over St Johnstone

Rangers manager Michael Beale had nothing but praise for defender Ben Davies following an impressive performance in the team’s recent 2-0 victory over St Johnstone.

Coming off the back of an international break, Michael Beale was in dire need of a win, and that’s precisely what he got. Rangers secured a 2-0 triumph over St Johnstone, with Danilo opening the scoring by heading home James Tavernier’s cross, although he endured an unfortunate blow to the head in the process. While it wasn’t a vintage Rangers performance, they eventually found their second goal through Rabbi Matondo, who raced past the St Johnstone defense to slot home and secure all three points.

One of the surprises in the starting lineup was the inclusion of Ben Davies in the Rangers backline. Up until that point, Davies hadn’t played a single minute for Rangers during the season. However, he was given the opportunity to partner with Connor Goldson in the heart of the defense. Despite his lack of prior appearances, the former Liverpool player played a crucial role in helping Rangers keep a clean sheet in the match.

Manager Michael Beale didn’t hesitate to commend Ben Davies for his performance. Speaking to Rangers Review, Beale expressed his satisfaction, stating, “I was really pleased for Ben Davies as he came into the side and helped shut St Johnstone out.” Beale’s praise for Davies highlights the significance of his contribution to the team’s defensive stability.

While Beale’s remarks about Davies stood out, he also had positive words for Tom Lawrence and Kemar Roofe. He commended Lawrence for his return to the starting lineup after a prolonged absence and acknowledged the importance of Roofe getting a full 90 minutes of play. Beale emphasized the team’s progress, noting that it was their third clean sheet in nine league games, a step in the right direction despite some areas needing improvement.

Ben Davies’ future at Rangers had been uncertain earlier in the season. There were speculations that Stoke City was interested in signing him before the transfer deadline, but their late loan bid was rejected. Rangers had reportedly deemed Davies surplus to requirements and considered moving him on to acquire Leicester City defender Harry Souttar. However, those potential moves did not materialize.