Chris Sutton claims Brendan Rodgers and Michael Beale are already under pressure at Celtic and Rangers… and tells the It’s All Coming Up podcast the scrutiny will ramp up on whoever loses the Old Firm derby

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Chris Sutton claims Brendan Rodgers and Michael Beale are already under pressure at Celtic and Rangers… and tells the It’s All Coming Up podcast the scrutiny will ramp up on whoever loses the Old Firm derby

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Chris Sutton believes pressure will ramp up on the losing manager in Sunday’s Old Firm derby with Celtic and Rangers having made ‘underwhelming’ starts to the season.

Rangers hopes of reaching the Champions League group stage were crushed on Wednesday, with Michael Beale’s side suffering a 5-1 defeat to PSV in the second leg of their play-off tie.   

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The Gers will now drop into the Europa League following the 7-3 aggregate defeat.

Rangers will be looking to make amends to their supporters when they host Celtic in the Old Firm derby at Ibrox on Sunday.

Brendan Rodgers’ team currently top the Scottish Premiership, but a shock Viaplay Cup defeat to Kilmarnock and goalless draw with St Johnstone have led to early season concerns.

Michael Beale apologised to Rangers fans after their crushing Champions League exit

Michael Beale apologised to Rangers fans after their crushing Champions League exit

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers saw his side crash out of the Viaplay Cup to Kilmarnock

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers saw his side crash out of the Viaplay Cup to Kilmarnock

Chris Sutton insists both managers will head into Sunday's Old Firm derby under pressure

Chris Sutton insists both managers will head into Sunday’s Old Firm derby under pressure

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Former Celtic star Sutton, speaking on Mail Sport’s It’s All Coming Up podcast, claimed that both clubs starts to the season have been ‘underwhelming.

Sutton described the nature of the Rangers Champions League exit as ‘humiliating’.

‘Both Celtic and Rangers have been underwhelming at the start of this season and there are reasons for it,’ Sutton told Mail Sport’s football editor Ian Ladyman.

‘I think Rangers, Michael Beale has brought a lot of new players in, I get that, but they haven’t really gelled and that’s his biggest problem.

‘Whatever anybody says, going out of Europe in the manner which they did against PSV. 

‘They got a bit of a hiding at home, ended up with a 2-2 draw, but I think they had 30% possession at Ibrox. 

‘PSV wiped the floor with them in the Netherlands and that was a bit humiliating.’ 

Beale had described the defeat as ‘bitterly disappointing’ and issued an apology to the travelling Rangers fans following the result.

Sutton labelled Rangers 5-1 Champions League playoff second leg loss to PSV as 'humiliating'

Sutton labelled Rangers 5-1 Champions League playoff second leg loss to PSV as ‘humiliating’

Beale issued an apology to the Rangers fans who travelled to the Netherlands after the defeat

Beale issued an apology to the Rangers fans who travelled to the Netherlands after the defeat

Rangers will host rivals Celtic at Ibrox with the visitors yet to convince under Rodgers

Rangers will host rivals Celtic at Ibrox with the visitors yet to convince under Rodgers

‘We’re out of the Champions League. I think we played against an excellent team and just an apology to our fans who came across,’ Beale said.

‘They stuck with the team in both legs and they expect a little bit more than what they got.’

Rodgers is also having to win over Celtic supporters after he returned to the club this summer.

The Northern Irishman had won seven trophies during his first spell at Parkhead, but the nature of his departure from Parkhead to Leicester in 2019 had angered some supporters. 

Sutton, who scored 79 goals in 176 games for Celtic, agreed with supporters who have concerns over the club’s lack of transfer activity.

‘The pressure’s on Michael Beale, but the pressure’s on Brendan Rodgers because of Celtic start to the season,’ Sutton said.

They are already out of the first domestic trophy, the League Cup, after Brendan was seven from seven his first time round. 

‘And I think that there are those amongst the Celtic fan base who feel that Celtic have not done anywhere near enough in the transfer market. Do you know what I cannot argue with that. 

‘It’s a difficult one to call Sunday, but what we do know, if Michael Beale loses, if Brendan Rodgers loses, then there’s going to be a hell of a lot of pressure building on whichever manager.’

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