Rangers will back Michael Beale in the January transfer window. 

If the new manager feels he needs additions to his squad in the upcoming window, then sporting director Ross Wilson insists financial support will be provided.

Beale met the media today for the first time since being announced as Giovanni van Bronckhorst's replacement. 

He spoke alongside Stewart Robertson and Wilson at Ibrox.

The club are nine points behind Celtic in the title race. 

With key players such as Ryan Kent and Alfredo Morelos out of contract in the summer too, many feel more recruits are required.

And Wilson insists that will Beale will be allowed to bolster his ranks if needed.

He said: "Yeah, we spoke about that over the past week, so Michael first and foremost wants to assess what's here. Probably about three quarters of the squad he already knows very well.

"There is certainly an assurance that if he wants to do something in the market then from the board's point of view we will try and back that as much as we possibly can. As always."

Wilson was then put on the spot over why the club didn't want to appoint Beale when Steven Gerrard left and opted for Gio van Bronckhorst.

He added: "We were very impressed by the work Michael did under Steven's guidance during the period that he was here before.

"Michael used the word identity; we want to make sure we have an absolutely clear identity on the pitch. We think that the squad will be better for that.

"We know what his ideas are, and probably more than that we know the energy that he will bring as well.

"One of the guys asked a question about what we have felt so far, and we have certainly felt the energy of the players, working ever so hard.

"We have welcomed some players back from injury and will welcome back others in the coming days and weeks, which is another boost to the squad.

"We can see that energy on the pitch but above all else we want to see that identity on the pitch and we know that Michael is very clear on that."

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