Michael Beale reflected on the defeat of Malmo, makes the appeal of Rangers Champions League

The black spot on the disc stands out as an anomaly and a costly mistake. It’s something Michael Beale is confident Rangers won’t repeat and will rectify at the first time of asking.

The club’s progress, on and off the park, that Beale saw under Steven Gerrard would not have been possible without their exploits in European competition.

As matches and draws were won, points and pounds were earned. Reputations were built and others restored as Rangers recovered from the farce of Progress to be a force at Europa League level.

In each of their first three seasons, there was disappointment that they did not go further, as a group stage exit was followed by defeats to Bayer Leverkusen and Sparta Prague.

In season four, Rangers saw their Champions League dream dashed by Malmo.

Ultimately, it allowed Giovanni van Bronckhorst to guide his side all the way to Seville, but a dreadful Premiership title defense leaves Rangers facing another qualifying campaign next month.

Van Bronckhorst will reveal his first opponents on Monday. This time, Beale is confident Rangers will be able to get the job done.

The work that Gerrard and Beale, along with Gary McAllister and Tom Culshaw, did at Ibrox laid the foundations, but few would have thought that the run to Seville would be possible just months after Van Bronckhorst was appointed as boss.

The shootout defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt still stings the Dutchman and his players, but it also acts as motivation as supporters, and those who played such a crucial role in the process, prepare to look on during another shot at glory.

The opening weeks of the season can shape the season ahead and Van Bronckhorst is well aware of the consequences of another early exit from the Champions League. This term is even more defined thanks to Celtic’s guaranteed passage to the group stage.

Rangers can rightly expect to once again take their place in the top table of the European game. It is a prospect that is now possible thanks to the work of so many people over a long period of time.

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