MICHAEL BEALE has been given the boot – after just 10 months in charge of the Ibrox club.

The under-pressure boss was sacked this evening following the team’s third Premiership loss this season after going down 3-1 at home to Aberdeen yesterday.

That defeat followed Celtic winning 1-0 at the same venue at the start of last month and the 1-0 flop against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park in the Premiership opener.

The jungle drums were beating for Beale immediately after the nosedive against the Dons when there were calls for his immediate dismissal with the side seven points adrift of the champions after only seven league games.

HELLO – AND GOODBYE…Brendan Rodgers prepares to shake hands with Michael Beale after Celtic’s 1-0 win at Ibrox last month – the managers’ one and only derby encounter.

The team will now be led by an interim management team of Northern Ireland veteran Steven Davis, alongside former players Alex Rae, Steven Smith and Brian Gilmour, according to a report on Sky Sports.

The interim management team will remain in place for as long as necessary to give the Govan board the opportunity to find a long-term successor to Beale who was appointed after the sacking of Giovanni van Bronckhorst in November last year.

Veteran English manager Neil Warnock has also been mentioned as a possibility as a short-term solution before a permanent appointment is made.

The club are due to play a Europa League group match against Aris Limassol in Cyprus on Thursday before facing second-placed St Mirren in Paisley in the league on Sunday.

THE FACE OF DEFEAT…Michael Beale and Ange Postecoglou embrace at the end of Celtic’s 2-1 League Cup Final success at Hampden in February.

Pressure had been mounting on Beale in recent weeks and his cause wasn’t helped with a Champions League thrashing from PSV Eindhoven when they were expelled from Europe’s elite competition on a 7-3 aggregate.

There were rumblings last season, too, when Ange Postecoglou led Celtic to a 2-1 League Cup Final triumph and a 1-0 Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Beale’s team who also finished seven points adrift in the league with the Hoops winning their eleventh title in 12 years.

Beale – who signed a deal until the summer of 2026  – becomes one of the shortest-serving permanent managers in the Govan club’s history, with only Pedro Caixinha and Paul Le Guen departing inside that time structure.

The hierarchy are now looking for a fourth different manager in two years, following Steven Gerrard’s move to Aston Villa in 2021 and the dismissals of Van Bronckhorst and now Beale.


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