By George Overhill

2nd May, 2023 | 4:40pm

Rangers regret mooted by Jim White after Celtic loss as furious Simon Jordan sticks the boot in on 'ridiculous' Michael Beale

Simon Jordan has given Michael Beale both barrels as Jim White suggested the Rangers boss might be regretting his move from QPR after losing again to Celtic.

The season is essentially over at Ibrox after the 1-0 defeat in the Scottish Cup semi final on Sunday (30 April) left the club empty-handed and cleared the way for Ange Postecoglou to record a probable domestic treble.

Having attracted plenty of controversy in leaving QPR for Glasgow in November after just six months White felt the 42-year-old could be having second thoughts, and while Jordan disagreed he didn’t hold back in his assessment of the Gers boss.

Speaking on talkSPORT on Tuesday (2 May), as per a clip posted to Twitter White asked: “Absolutely the pressure is on, but is he the right man going forward for Rangers? Do you think now Beale will be thinking, ‘Maybe I shouldn’t have left’?”

Jordan accepted the manager is a “capable individual” but doesn’t know “when to keep his mouth shut” while dismissing the idea of regrets as Rangers are far better off than struggling QPR.

But he said: “The ridiculous assertions he made about not wanting to go to Wolverhampton Wanderers and then catch the next bus out to Rangers made him look slightly hypocritical.”

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The former Crystal Palace chairman scoffed at Beale’s reasoning, via White, for taking the job and suggested he wouldn’t believe him ever again, saying: “No I can cut him no slack… because Queens Park Rangers gave him an opportunity. There was no queue of people to give him a first-team manager’s job.

“He will reap his own potential whirlwind. He wants the big-boy seat, away you go, your only job to do is to win with Rangers, and if you don’t do it you’ll get precisely what you deserve.

“Your loyalty, your support, your backbone, your football nouse took you to Rangers. Let’s hope it works out well for you or you’ll get exactly what you deserve.”


Jordan won’t be alone in holding that opinion but Beale will have always known that he had put himself under pressure with the manner of his arrival as Rangers boss.

He frankly didn’t handle the whole thing well in vociferously expressing his commitment at Loftus Road, before appearing to undermine the struggling Giovanni van Bronckhorst by turning up at Ibrox on 29 October while the Dutchman was still in a job.

That’s all fine from his point of view once he is through the door as long as he gets the job done, but after a highly-encouraging first few months which saw him go unbeaten while winning every game bar a 2-2 draw with Celtic on 2 January things are now looking less rosy.

The Viaplay Cup final on 26 February, where Beale’s confidence in the build up saw him again make things difficult for himself delivered the first major misstep, and the first Old Firm defeat.

That two more have followed, along with one at Aberdeen, will undoubtedly have used up whatever leeway he had in taking over midseason.

The summer transfer window has to be a big success and improvements in the biggest games need to be evident from the off next season, otherwise he may be regretting the move and there will be people queuing up behind Jordan to remind him of how things have gone.

In other Rangers news, the club are looking to sign another highly-rated teenager from a league rival after disappointment on their last approach.