MICHAEL BEALE cut a dejected figure at full time, looking for any excuse to grab onto as he watched his side fail for the third time under his management to beat Celtic.

One draw at Ibrox and defeats at Hampden and Celtic Park has left the gobby Englishman smarting.

Celtic ran out 3-2 winners against the Ibrox club on Saturday afternoon, extending their lead at the top of the table to 12 points.

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Before the game, Beale was full of confidence and pinpointed former Hearts man John Souttar. The Rangers boss said it was ‘good news’ for them to have someone of the ‘calibre’ of John Souttar in the team and he was ready to play.

Fast forward to the second half of the game and he’s sold the jersey and allowed Jota to score what would turn out to be the all important winner.

Celtic weren’t at their best, but they were clinical. People want to talk up The Rangers’ performance, but they’re rarely a threat to Celtic in open play. They rely on their set piece game to get them through these ties.

They couldn’t handle Celtic’s press. The third goal from Souttar’s mistake comes because both Kyogo and Jota are chasing him down.


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