Scottish football’s pressure pot and the significance of Celtic’s win at Ibrox

Mick Beale knows he’s on borrowed time, that’s why he’s using excuses…

Under fire Mick Beale gave his first media conference since his side’s home defeat to Celtic reserves and theRangers manager knows the bears are no longer buying his bull, he’s clearly on borrowed time and it showed in his comments.

Kyogo keeps on scoring against Mick Beale’s team…

Mick answering a question about striker Kemar Roofe said he would have had two goals in two games if the officials had done their jobs properly in the last game. Mick is obviously talking about the correctly ruled out goal against Celtic. Yes it was a perfect legitimate finish by the big striker, but his strike partner Cyriel Dessers fouled Celtic defender Gustav Lagerbielke before providing Roofe with the opportunity to score.

MAGO / Sportimage  3rd September 2023. Cyriel Dessers of theRangers was adjudged to have fouled Gustaf Lagerbielke of Celtic before setting up Rangers disallowed goal during the Scottish Premiership match at Ibrox Photo: Neil Hanna / Sportimage

It was foul and everyone who knows the rules of the game understands that. It was the correct decision, end of story. Deep down Mick himself knows this fine well but he needs an excuse to try to get the angry Bears back onside. He knows fine well that he blew the best chance he had of beating Celtic (reserves) in a meaningful game. And he quite possibly might not get another one.

Of course the more deluded Bears might buy his pathetic excuses, but failure to get anything less than a win on Saturday away at St Johnstone and he will have nothing left to hide behind. He’ll be out of excuses. He’s essentially working game to game now amid increasing rumours that alternatives are being considered.

Michael Beale, Head Coach of theRangers FC. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

No manager lasts too long in Glasgow if he can’t beat his fiercest rivals when it matters and sadly for Mick, even the Bears have started to see through his only triumph to date as being no more than a win in a meaningless dead rubber.

The next Glasgow Derby is not until the end of December and it’s at Celtic Park with no away supporter getting tickets. There’s plenty of football to be played before then but after losing the opening Glasgow Derby of the season last year, Giovanni van Bronckhorst never made it to the second one, and just a few months before he’d taken them to a Europa League Final and won the Scottish Cup.

Brendan Rodgers, gives instructions during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between theRangers and Celtic FC at Ibrox on 3 September, 2023. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Celtic are at home to Dundee tomorrow and the mood in the Celtic camp will be very positive indeed after the victory at Ibrox. It’s what winning the Glasgow Derby means and in Scottish football it is so important. But you need to win the meaningful games to enjoy the spoils.

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