By Noel Whelan

2nd Dec, 2022 | 5:56pm

Celtic 'should be worried' after what I have seen from Michael Beale - pundit

Celtic should be worried after Rangers appointed Michael Beale as their new manager.

That’s according to former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the newest Gers boss.

Beale was confirmed as the new manager of the Glasgow giants on Monday (28 November) – signing a three-and-a-half-year deal.

He takes over a club that sits nine points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.

This is only Beale’s second job as a manager after taking over at QPR last summer.

However, Whelan claims Celtic should be worried about the appointment.

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“When you look at Van Bronckhorst, big name, big disappointment,” Whelan told Football Insider’s Ben Wild.

“Steven Gerrard was unproven. A big name but unproven. He was a huge success and won them the Premiership.

“Beale was there while that was going on. I would say the Championship is more difficult than the Scottish Premiership so I think he is proven.

“Celtic and Rangers are expected to finish one and two and win the cups. There is not as much pressure on at Rangers in my opinion.

“They should be in the Champions League every season, the only rivalry they have is Celtic. They are the two giants of Scottish football.

“Beale will at least get them second this season. He is walking into a club where he might not be the big name but his record speaks for itself.

“From what I have seen and heard, I think Celtic should be worried.”

Rangers get their Scottish Premiership campaign back underway against Hibernian on 15 December.

They face leaders Celtic on 2 January.

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