“As one sided a derby game since…most of Mick Beale’s recent meaningful derby games,” Sutton

So theRangers supporters are forgetting themselves regarding Mick Beale…

Michael Beale, remember him? Yes the wannabe cockney wide boy who was reckoned to be the brains behind Steven Gerrard’s covid title win. He was heralded as the messiah when he returned to theRangers as the main man back in late 2022.

Sunderland Manager Michael Beale reacts during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Sunderland and Newcastle United at Stadium of Light on January 06, 2024 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Terms like ‘Bealeball’ is going to upstage ‘Angeball’ were flung about as he was put on a pedestal by both theRangers supporters and the Scottish mainstream media. Mick was here to take over and us Celtic supporters were apparently quaking in our boots, in reality we were all too busy laughing.

The truth was that the newly appointed messiah was actually an unproven manager. His only job as a number one was a few months stint at QPR where he was in the process of being found out and after making a decent start the wheels were already coming off.

Not that the deluded bears wanted to hear that. Like everyone before him, Mick was the man for the job of bettering Celtic.

Photo Kenny Ramsay

But it didn’t turn out as they expected. Mick had to watch as Celtic completed the clean sweep. Ange Postecoglou outwitted him in the League Cup final as many in their support turned their attention to supporting Scotland Rugby rather than deal with yet another dominant season and a treble heading to Paradise.

The Aussie was also responsible for him ending the season without silverware after dumping his side out of the Scottish Cup at the semi final stage.

Michael Beale, Manager of Rangers, reacts during the Scottish Cup Semi Final match between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 30, 2023 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He did however have win the end of season cup for triumphing in a meaningless dead rubber derby match against a Celtic side who had clearly downed tools and with many fringe players getting a game.

His summer signings were mostly duds, and he was inevitably given his jotters when he lost one game too many, with defeats to Kilmarnock away and both Celtic and Aberdeen winning at Ibrox. By that time the natives were revolting.

Mr “Disappointed”

Mick Beale didn’t even manage a full year in the job. The bears predictably turned on him and he soon fell on the axe. He is now manager of English Championship side Sunderland and theRangers support are revelling in his first few defeats with the black cats.

What short memories they have. Hero to Zero in just over 12 months. Football sure is a funny old game.

But the last word as is often the case, should go to Chris Sutton who after Sunderland were hammered by Newcastle in the FA Cup yesterday tweeted: “Newcastle so far ahead of Sunderland!!As one sided a derby game since…most of Mick Beale’s recent meaningful derby games…”

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