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And so it is, Brendan Rodgers is officially back as Celtic manager.

If there is a slight sense of trepidation amongst the Rangers support amid this news, it’s surely understandable. Before ruthlessly walking out on his boyhood club to join Leicester City, he won seven trophies on the spin and only lost one Old Firm game in 13 after all.

Let's get the obvious out of the way right up front; there is no doubt Rodgers is a good football manager and coach. Celtic have replaced one quality operator in Ange Postecoglou with another in the Northern Irishman. Of the options available, he was the one that knows the club and what it takes to win in Scotland. Any new coach, an Enzo Maresca say, would have undergone a learning curve that would have benefitted Rangers. That starting gun advantage is now gone.

So Rangers should batten down the hatches and prepare for another period of prolonged pain? Not a bit of it.

To understand why, you need to put Rodgers’ first spell into context. Rangers had just returned from the Championship and their budget was less than half of their greatest rivals. The manager at the time, Mark Warburton, told me recently the midfield trio that took Rangers up were on wages collectively less than half of Scott Brown’s weekly wage.

Guys like Joey Barton, Philip Senderos and Joey Garner came in to add experience to a young squad but the blend didn't work. Each started against Celtic in the 5-1 defeat at Parkhead, a game that set a lamentable tone for an entire season.

And as time went on, Warburton left and Rangers actually regressed further, falling apart as the players rebelled under Pedro Caixinha and Graeme Murty. It wasn’t until Steven Gerrard arrived in the summer of 2018 that they finally got their act together and looked capable of emerging from what felt like never-ending calamity.

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To be fair, at the point Rodgers made his infamous flit south, his side were eight points clear after a post-break mini-slump from Rangers. However, two close Old Firm games where each had shared the spoils helped strengthen the sense that Gerrard had, at the very least, narrowed the gap significantly. The Scouser’s job that season wasn’t to win the league but to make Rangers competitive once again. There’s no doubt he achieved that but Rodgers was spirited south before the battle could be decisively measured.

What the Northern Irishman can be assured is that he will find a very different proposition facing him at Rangers this time. Beale’s tally of 92 Points last term is enough that it would have won the league in two of the three seasons Rodgers started as Celtic manager for a start. There's not so much between these teams and a single transfer window, as Postecoglou showed, can be decisive either way.

With that in mind, Rangers can only focus on themselves. Beale knows what it takes to win in Scotland. His record has shown that in crystal clear terms since his arrival and you can bet he won't be wasting time with things over which he has no control. Instead, he will focus on the younger players with power in their legs and imposing physicality he's signed. They will allow his team to win the fight - and then play their football.

It's hard to escape the notion this entire season will stand or fall on the start. It is absolutely crucial Rangers are in top gear from the get-go. Looking back to the 55 season, you see the benefits of starting like a freight train and putting your rivals in a panic spin.

The intensity of pressure accompanying failure in Glasgow is immense at the best of times. For Rodgers, there won't be any understanding. Any slip-ups from Celtic will expose the underlying issues with the appointment and begin once again the cycle of scrutiny on the East End club's board that stopped abruptly when Postecoglou began to prove his mettle. Rodgers has to win. He’s on a £9m huge contract, with a reportedly enormous transfer budget and a briefing to perform in Europe. Failure in Scotland is not an option.

Celtic will see this as a foot-on-throat appointment, one that builds from a position of strength. You can see why, but if Beale can find a way to win this year's title, the level of tumult that it will expose will be undeniably consequential. Any sense that this move isn’t quite going to plan is sure to crack open the deep fissures, temporarily healed, that exist between the support and manager.

While many are prepared to swallow the manner of his previous exit by holding their nose and gulping, others are not so amenable. The Green Brigade have already nailed their colours to the mast by posting a picture of their banner at Tynecastle, in the days after the exit.

The pressure that will come amid a stumble will be suffocating. Beale’s Rangers must be relentless. If they can start explosively, winning the first Old Firm of the season at Ibrox, their rivals will face a pressure-cooker environment the likes of which Rodgers won't recognise.