As Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos made his way from the field in the 2-1 win over Celtic, Kevin Clancy would reach to his top pocket again as the passion of Mick Beale poured over on the touchline.

Indeed, no sooner had Alfredo been sent packing – a harsh decision given how much Clancy had let Celtic’s yellow carded players get away with – Michael Beale pounced from the bench in defiance.

Steven Gerrard later explained that the former Liverpool and Chelsea coach was incensed after Clancy had previously failed to send off Christopher Julien [Glasgow Times].

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The Rangers backroom team exuded passion from the touchline as the Ibrox club defeated Celtic on their own patch. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

But regardless of what it was for, that passion from the bench is something which is refreshing to see at Rangers and something we’ve undoubtedly been lacking for too long.

Praise it or criticise it all you want, but what no-one can disagree with is that Beale’s reaction is one born of passion for the club and the players he works with every day.

Similar to the reaction of coach Tom Culshaw against Hibernian a few weeks back, twice the Rangers bench have leapt to the defence of their players.



Twice they’ve been sent packing.

But for Rangers fans watching on, used to the tepidness of Rangers voices in mainstream media coverage in Scotland, of the clueless Pedro Caixinha and nice-guy Graeme Murty, this fire will mean something to them.

For too long refereeing nonsenses or vicious tackles or even just gutless performances have been met with overwhelmed responses from those on the touchlines.

The win at Celtic Park meant as much to Steven Gerrard and his team as it did to the Rangers support. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Between Beale, Culshaw, McAllister, Gerrard and the rest, these last few weeks have proven that a passion for making a success of things at Rangers is driving the men in charge.

You only have to look at what it meant to Steven Gerrard and the rest of the team [Rangers] at the end of the 2-1 win over Celtic at Parkhead to see how much it meant to them.

For Rangers fans, this passion from the touchlne has been a long time coming.

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