When Michael Beale directly ‘attacked’ a Rangers fan

When Michael Beale directly ‘attacked’ a Rangers fan
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Michael Beale, Manager of Rangers, looks on prior to the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on September 03, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

If you’ve ever been drunk, you’ll know it removes inhibition – you say what you think, and all the honesty comes out.

It’s a similar sensation to when a Rangers manager you don’t like gets sacked – you can now go completely honest 100% and slate everything you intensely disliked about that boss and his regime, and vent it all off your chest.

That is what many, Ibrox Noise included, are doing over the travesty that was Michael Beale. While some ‘woke’ type individuals are now doing a 180 and trying to be magnanimous about the ex-manager and wishing him the best, mostly on the back of his ridiculous statement, Ibrox Noise isn’t.

He remains the ex-manager we absolutely like the least by a mile, a lying toe-rag who ruined our club inside and out, ripping apart our Rangers heart and replacing it with Dutch dunces. A man filled with so much damaging bluster that he could donate £1M to the Rangers Charity Foundation and it wouldn’t change our opinion of him.

He was toxic, and the effect of him will be felt for a long time – hell, we’re still feeling the Mark Warburton era and that ended 6 years ago.

In all honesty, we go back to an incident three years ago for the early clue of his character – it was something that at the time, Ibrox Noise deeply disliked, and which the majority of Rangers fans appeared to love.

But in reality it was very poor – a Rangers fan made a tweet about the current bad run of the club under Steven Gerrard and Beale, (who has since closed his Twitter) searching for negative tweets, found that one, quote tweeted it and attacked the fan personally.

The fan was rounded on by other supporters who basically said ‘you go Michael’ etc and left the fan bullied online.

It was a literal disgrace, a man who couldn’t handle criticism and actually went searching for it to make an example of a Rangers supporter with an opinion.

It wasn’t the only bad feeling we had about Beale.

The next one was when he swore loyalty to QPR following the approach of Wolves, and asked what kind of a person would he be to dump his club at this point. And that he was staying.

Before then hawking himself round the pubs of Glasgow and undermining Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s troubles by attending an Ibrox match, as ‘manager in waiting’.

So not only had he lied to QPR, he’d insulted Gio as well. We acknowledged the former on Ibrox Noise, and while at the time in favour of him as manager, we’d recognised heavily that his conduct was poor and we had major empathy for QPR, who now despised him.

This was a major reason Beale was probably the most unpopular managerial appointment Rangers had ever made.

Not only did many feel he wasn’t up to it, but his character was very much in question too.

And throughout his time in Govan, he proved it again, and again, and again. That he was out of his depth, a complete fabricator of the facts, and filled with bluster.

All talk and no trousers, is probably the best way to sum him up.

But the signs were there before he even became manager – if only those with influence had seen them.

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