Michael Beale has admitted that he faces a big task taking the momentum away from Ange Postecoglou.
A year ago Steven Gerrard raced off to Aston Villa with Giovanni van Bronckhorst inheriting a four point lead in the SPFL Premiership that was extended to six by the end of 2021.
On his return to Ibrox Beale has a nine point deficit to deal with against the reigning champions who have gone through 2022 with 29 wins, three draws and just one defeat in the SPFL Premiership.
Following the demanding schedule leading up to the World Cup break Postecoglou is hoping that Celtic will emerge stronger with the next Glasgow derby just five matches away.
It is a massive challenge for a rookie boss to take on a 56-year-old that has managed at a World Cup Finals and won the league in Australia, Japan and Scotland.
Picking up on today’s Sky Sports interview, Football Scotland reports the new Ibrox boss saying:
It’s going to be difficult. Ange has got a team with momentum. Fair play to him for the job he’s done until this point. My job is to chase him down. The players job is to chase him down. That’s a mentality shift from how we look at things. When I left here we were the one in front so the mentality has shifted and we have to chase them down.
It starts with all the other games, it doesn’t start with games against them. We have to get closer. The most important thing is we reconnect with our fans in terms of how we play. That’s really important
Before facing Celtic on January 2 Beale’s side face Hibs and Motherwell at Ibrox either side of a double header away to Aberdeen and Ross County on December 20 and 23.
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Part two of our exclusive interview with Rangers boss Michael Beale who discusses the above and more ?? pic.twitter.com/yt3wKTAMBg
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) November 30, 2022