Kris Boyd believes there was no option but for the Rangers board to part company with Michael Beale.

The Ibrox club acted on Sunday night after the 3-1 home defeat to Aberdeen on Saturday where the players were again booed off the park.

Beale had revamped the squad in the summer but it was the third loss in seven cinch Premiership fixtures which left the Light Blues seven points behind leaders Celtic.

Ibrox icon Steven Davis will lead the interim management team which will also include former Rangers midfielder Alex Rae, former Gers player and current coach Steven Smith, coach Brian Gilmour and goalkeeping coach Colin Stewart.

Former Rangers striker – turned pundit – Boyd told Sky Sports Scotland: “I don’t think there was any option.

“The way the season has started, you can’t lose three of your opening league games.

“Even when Rangers won last week against Motherwell, there were boos. The fans had enough. I don’t think they’ve seen improvement.

“I think it all comes down to recruitment again and there is no doubt that out of the summer arrivals, Jack Butland is the only one that can keep his head held high at this moment in time because the rest have been nowhere near it.

“It is has to improve and unfortunately for Michael Beale, he pays the price for poor recruitment and poor performances on the pitch.

“There’s been two trophies in 10 years. You need to start winning trophies.

“It’s not good enough. It’s got to be a lot better. And as I said, with the money spent in the summer, I don’t see any improvement.

“I don’t think the fans have seen any improvement and hence the reason why Michael Beale has tonight lost his job.”

Rangers midfielder Todd Cantwell paid tribute to the man who had brought him to Ibrox at the turn of the year.

The former Norwich midfielder said on Instagram: “I want to thank you and your staff for bringing me to this brilliant football club.

“You allowed me to build my connection with the club and I will always be thankful for that.

“I have nothing but respect and appreciation towards you and the person you are! I wish you well.”