Michael Beale Poised to Make a “Real Statement” Against Celtic in Old Firm Derby, says Mark Warburton

As the Scottish Premiership gears up for another exciting season, all eyes are on the much-anticipated Old Firm derby between Rangers and Celtic. Former Rangers manager, Mark Warburton, believes that Michael Beale, the current manager, can make a significant impact in the title race by securing a victory against Celtic and Brendan Rodgers. In an exclusive interview with SunSport, Warburton praised the club’s heavy recruitment drive, giving Beale a better chance of success. With the first Old Firm clash scheduled for September 3rd, the stage is set for a thrilling encounter between two bitter rivals.

Warburton, who was at the helm of Rangers in 2016, faced Brendan Rodgers during the latter’s first spell as Celtic’s manager. However, his attempts to overcome the Hoops were unsuccessful. Now, looking back on the current situation, Warburton is optimistic about Beale’s chances, considering the impressive summer recruitment at Rangers. With eight new players already on board and the imminent arrival of Jose Cifuentes, the team is bolstering its ranks for a competitive season.

“I’m glad Michael Beale’s being backed, it gives him a better chance of success against Celtic,” Warburton said. “The first Old Firm game of the season will be very important. I know you still only get three points, not six, from a win, but a win for Rangers would be a real statement and psychologically important. It would be a marker laid down. Michael’s got a real chance against Brendan, who knows Celtic inside out and has a high-quality squad, he will relish the challenge. Rangers are in a far stronger financial position, and I’m looking forward to what should be a fantastic title race.”

Although Warburton’s tenure at Ibrox ended on a sour note, it is evident that his affection for the club remains undiminished. During his time as manager, he achieved success by guiding Rangers out of the Championship in his first attempt. However, his departure from the club was surrounded by controversy, with conflicting statements about whether he resigned or was dismissed by the club hierarchy. Despite the upheaval, Warburton’s admiration for Rangers persists, and he will be closely following and supporting them in the upcoming season.