By Joe Roberts

14th Sep, 2023 | 4:10pm

Michael Beale needs Rangers win v St Johnstone to avoid sack as Ibrox boardroom move made

Michael Beale must secure a victory in the league when they face off against St Johnstone if he wants to avoid his looming dismissal at Rangers.

Patience is dwindling with the Rangers board, who are reportedly already tapping up his replacement, with The Sun reporting (13 September) that they offered former Chelsea and Brighton manager Graham Potter the chance to take Beale’s seat in the dugout.

While Potter rejected the offer in his search for a Champions League club, it is a clear indication as to what the board want – Beale gone.

For now, Beale is still in Glasgow and looks to take the reigns in the Gers’ clash against bottom-of-the-table St Johnstone. In yet another must-win, Beale needs to secure all three points if he wants to stay employed for at least another week.

After the hectic opening to the season and the mass changes to the squad over the summer, the next set of fixtures provided Beale the chance to build momentum against lower opposition.

In the league, St Johnstone comes before clashes against Motherwell and Aberdeen – winnable clashes which will feel like a cup final to the boss. Sandwiched in between however is his first Europa League clash, a welcoming of Real Betis to Ibrox, and the League Cup quarter-final against Livingston, their best chance of silverware.

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Those tests may or may not come for Beale, however. Rangers already sit four points behind Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic, a gap that could take a long time to bridge. The Rangers hierarchy do not want another season of chasing the Hoops down, so each league clash is a must-win, especially considering the pressure mounting on the boss.

St Johnstone had had a tough start to the league campaign but have gone toe-to-toe with the best the division has to offer and escaped from Celtic Park with a point in a 0-0 draw. Boos were aimed at Rodgers after this draw, but the noise made by Rangers fans if three points aren’t taken home from McDiarmid Park will be deafening.

This noise will wake up the board, however, who will almost definitely let Beale go if this is the outcome. If Potter agreed to move to Glasgow, Beale may already have departed, so he must do everything possible to avoid the sack.

In other Rangers news, a journalist has reacted to the Gers’ move for Graham Potter.