ANDY WALKER reckons new Rangers boss Michael Beale should show respect to Celtic.

The former Hoops striker made the plea to the Englishman after he referred to the champions as “the other team”.

Beale is preparing for his competitive debut as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s successor when they play Hibs at Ibrox tonight and attempt to cut the Parkhead team’s advantage at the Premiership pinnacle to six points.

Ange Postecoglou’s men return to action after the World Cup break against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Saturday afternoon.

DERBY RIVALRY…Ange Postecoglou and Giovanni van Bronckhorst on the Hampden touchline during the Scottish Cup semi-final clash last season.

Asked about the challenge to overtake the current league pacesetters, Beale, who quit Queens Park Rangers to return to Glasgow, Beale stated that they could only succeed if “the other team” dropped points.

Walker was not impressed by the reference from the Englishman who spent three and a half years at Gers as a coach during Steven Gerrard’s reign.

The ex-Scotland international forward knows all about the intense rivalry between the Glasgow giants and, speaking to Go Radio, said: “In my time, there was a general level of respect between the players.

“From time to time you get a wee dig at the other and I think it adds a wee bit of spice. I don’t think anything has got out of control.

“There is always a little gentle dig. I think when you saw the behaviour of Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Ange Postecoglou, there was total respect for one another.

“I remember back to Billy McNeill being respectful to all managers and I can remember him having a right good ding-dong with Graeme Souness after the first Old Firm game I played in. The two of them were going at it outside the dressing rooms, but I think you would expect that.

BEST OF ENEMIES…Ange Postecoglou and Giovanni van Bronckhorst embrace at Ibrox.

“There was a bit of trash talking going on after the game. When you have a microphone in front of you tend to be a bit more respectful of what, in essence, is your greatest rivals.”

Beale and Postecoglou will go head to head at Ibrox on January 2 2023 which is certain to be an intriguing situation.

This will be the Celtic gaffer’s third match in Govan – and, amazingly, Beale will be the THIRD manager in the opposition dug-out.

Steven Gerrard was the boss when Postecoglou was introduced to the Glasgow derby on August 29 2021 when a header from Filip Helander gave the hosts a 1-0 victory.

However, the Greek-Australian exacted his revenge on April 3 this year when the champions-elect came back from the loss of an early goal from Aaron Ramsay to win 2-1 with goals from Tom Rogic and Cameron Carter-Vickers.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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