By Peter Lynch

19th Sep, 2023 | 9:10am

Michael Beale sack verdict shared ahead of Rangers clash v Real Betis

Real Betis represent a “clear and present danger” to Michael Beale’s future as Rangers manager, according to Daily Record journalist David McCarthy.

The Gers get their Europa League campaign underway when they host the Spanish side at Ibrox on Thursday (21 September).

Beale’s men go into the game on the back of a 2-0 Scottish Premiership win at St Johnstone on Saturday (16 September).

“Real Betis might be sitting mid-table in the La Liga and were beaten 5-0 by Barcelona in the Nou Camp at the weekend but with the wily old fox Manuel Pellegrini in the away dugout, they represent a clear and present danger to Michael Beale’s future as Rangers manager,” McCarthy wrote for the Daily Record.

“The jury might be out on Beale but a defeat will see the judge adjusting his black cap if a repeat of the rout in Eindhoven comes to pass in Govan. And it might not even take a hammering. 

“The court of public opinion could be swayed by any kind of defeat on the back of not only those damaging results against PSV and Celtic.”

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Huge game

As is always the case in the Ibrox dugout, there is plenty of pressure on the manager to deliver results. But that pressure has been taken up a notch on current boss Beale after the club’s disappointing start to the new season.

As well as crashing out of the Champions League at the hands of PSV, the Gers lost the first Old Firm derby of the season to fierce rivals Celtic.

Making that defeat more painful was the fact that it came at Ibrox, and also how the hosts really didn’t put up much of a fight to try and get all three points.

Now, however, they have the chance to put such losses behind them and really pick up some momentum following the win against St Johnstone.

In a confidence booster, their upcoming opponents haven’t exactly been setting La Liga alight this season, and go into the tie at Ibrox on the back of a 5-0 defeat to Barcelona.

In other Rangers news, a BBC journalist was wowed by one Gers ace after his Man of the Match display against St Johnstone.