Michael Beale's record in the Glasgow Derby was nothing to write home about during his stint in Scotland as the manager of the Rangers. The English manager was successful in winning just one of them. And even that was a game with nothing riding on its result as the Hoops had already secured the Premiership title by that point in time, and had several key players out injured as well.
Beale's derby record does not seem to be showing any signs of improving even though he is no longer the manager of the Rangers. He was shown the exit door by the Ibrox club not too long ago and has since been brought in by Sunderland.
Sunderland recently took on Newcastle United in the FA Cup. It is a derby that does not come around often these days because the two teams play in different leagues.
Unsurprisingly, both sets of fans were in full voice, including the 6,000 Newcastle United supporters in attendance at the Stadium of Light. Eddie Howe's team won 3-0 on the day to go through to the next round of the FA Cup.
Beale seems to take dig at Celtic and Rangers derby
In this respect, it is worth pointing out that no away fans have been present in Glasgow Derbies in recent years. Beale clearly does not agree with that. As reported by the Daily Record, the former Rangers manager told beIN Sports after the game:
"The noise in the stadium today was absolutely fantastic. Some derbies, we don't allow the fans in, and I've had that both in Brazil and Scotland. So to have the derby with some opponents' fans in and the fans working off each other, that's what keeps football going."
A lot of fans, from both sides of Glasgow, do not agree with the decision of having no away fans in the Glasgow Derby either. The presence of both in considerable numbers is what used to make the atmosphere in the fixture back in the day.
Hopefully, we can get back to that in the future. For the time being, there has been a lot of discussion around the matter. Let's see if any genuine change comes out of that or not.