Michael Beale has admitted he hasn't yet spoken to the Rangers board in the aftermath of the defeat to Aberdeen.

The Ibrox boss cut a beleaguered figure in the dugout as his side slumped to a 3-1 loss with supporters emptying out of the stadium well before full time.

And supporters who remained inside the stadium made their feelings clear at the final whistle with a chorus of boos from the stands.

Beale was not involved in immediate talks with the Ibrox board after the result but admitted the standards must be better after the "horrible result".

"I haven't spoken to anybody right now," said Beale when quizzed on whether he received any assurances from the Rangers hierarchy. "I think everyone realises where we are and that the standards and the results need to be better.

"You can't hide behind the fact that we've just won four games because today's performance wasn't good enough and at Rangers it's always about the next performance.

"Today we had enough opportunity in that game to win it and we end up getting beat off a scoreline we should never get beat here at Ibrox against a team like Aberdeen, we shouldn't.ย 

"The criticism that comes is fair. We'll see. We'll see what happens."

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However, Beale insists he is "more than confident" in his ability to turn things around despite slipping seven points behind Celtic in the league table.

Speaking to BBC Sportsound, Beale said: "Well, listen, we're involved in four competitions. It's early in the season. We're not the sum of all parts today.

"I think any reasonable Rangers fan can see that, that we have enough players out.

"But they want to see results. I get it. I understand and understood what I was getting myself involved in but we have to just go and play the next game and we need to make it up to them.

"We're not going to be able to change anything in the short term in terms of players coming back from injury or players in the squad because that's what we've got and I think everybody needs to do better.

"That's fair and if people want to criticise when we don't do well then we have to be man enough to take that on because we take the praise when it comes as well."

On whether he believes he can turn the tide, Beale added: "I'm more than confident in my work with this group of players, it's just less talk and more action I think."