The Light Blues opted to make a change in the dugout back in October (Guardian) following a poor start to the campaign under Beale, who was especially criticised for a poor recruitment drive in the summer in which nine players arrived.
However, the mood has shifted under Clement, with the Belgian already winning a first trophy in the form of the Viaplay Cup, leading the club to the knockout stages of the Europa League, and bringing Rangers back into contention for the title.
Rangers are eight points adrift of Celtic in the Scottish Premiership but have two games in hand to try and claw back the gap on their Old Firm rivals, who they have lost to twice this season.
Former Rangers man Ferguson – speaking to Ibrox News – hailed the job done by Clement and admitted he was hugely disappointed by Beale after buying into his vision at Ibrox.
“It was a disastrous start under our last manager, who spoke a good game but didn’t deliver,” he said.
“Actually he sold it to me to be honest with you, I was with the other fans I was so excited at the start of the season. Some of the signings that came in haven’t hit the ground running, so it was a really worrying period. The league was going to be over, we looked in a really bad place.
“The manager’s come in and I was like a lot of guys you’re not sure but then you start to look at his background. He’s won league titles.
“I’ve been so impressed with him, the way he speaks in front of the media and the way he’s turned it around, how he’s got a tune out of some of these players and everything he’s had to deal with, the injuries, I just love the steely determination that he has about him.
“He’s got that wee bit of presence about him, so the turnaround has been phenomenal, getting the cup I think was so important but he’s so driven.
“I love the fact he said he’ll only have two or three days (during the midseason break) off which I think is bang on the money because you can’t allow yourself to down tools for a week to 10 days so they were given a programme, two or three days off, spend it with the family and back to business because the mission is to put pressure on Celtic to see if they can win this title.”