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Keith Jackson feels Beale is in the wrong town if he’s looking for fairness

It’s getting hard not to feel sympathy for Michael Beale, even if the Londoner doesn’t want to be patronized or seen as some kind of bad luck story.

After all, he’s landed the gig of his dreams and – despite obvious and justifiable concerns over his lack of experience – all early indications suggest he’s actually good enough to be Rangers manager. The problem is that Beale’s long-term job security might not be determined by the quality of his own work. On the contrary, and quite unfairly, his career prospects risk being defined by the competence of others. Or, in some cases, lack of it.



It’s a monumental misfortune, for example, that he finds himself returning to Glasgow at a time when a thaumaturge has arrived across town from halfway across the planet. And unless he finds a way to thwart Ange Postecoglou in the Scottish Cup semi-final at the end of this month, Beale will start next season with his manager’s jacket already on a weak ankle.

Unfair? You better believe it. If Beale’s job was allowed to stand on its own, Rangers might consider themselves lucky to have such an astute and shrewd tactician charting the course for the club. The progress this team has made since their appointment is actually borderline remarkable, given how unstable and utterly unreliable they had become under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

But, in this particular part of the world, equity is a luxury rarely offered. And Saturday’s derby matchday defeat at Celtic Park left Beale in an unenviable position. He was smart enough to see it coming when he spoke throughout the week about his big plans for the transfer market and he thoroughly deserves the opportunity to build on the solid foundation he has already laid. in a short time.

But promises of a jam tomorrow won’t ease Beale’s situation should Celtic kill their season at Hampden on April 30. On the contrary, he will enter the summer with a huge dark cloud hanging over his head and with goodwill and lack of patience as Postecoglou celebrates a hat-trick across town.

Of course, it would have been very different had Rangers taken three points from Parkhead at lunchtime on Saturday. Not only would a victory have reduced the gap at the top of the table to just six points, but Beale would have set a milestone while convincing his club’s supporters that Celtic’s domestic superiority might be about to end.

Instead, they had even more reason to suspect that settling for second prizes is as good as it gets as long as Postecoglou remains in charge of its rivals. And yet, it must be recognized that Beale was not to blame for this last loss either. Not only anyway.


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