Kenny Dalglish warns Philippe Clement of Rangers re-run of Michael Beale nightmare

Philippe Clement has been warned that his Rangers side need a strong start to the season to avoid a similar outcome to the fate Michael Beale endured.

The former Ibrox boss struggled to handle the heat as manager and was axed in October after a stuttering start to the season. His side lost to Kilmarnock and plummeted out of the Champions League before the board were forced to act and cut him loose.

For Kenny Dalglish, he believes the start to the calendar could be easier for his old rivals considering it's a tough trip away to Hearts on the opening day while their home games are also in jeopardy with Ibrox not yet ready amid stand build delays.

And he's told Clement to make sure he's dialled in to avoid Beale's shortcomings early on.

In his Sunday Post column, Dalglish wrote: “They do not seem to have an exact delivery date for when it (the steel) will be in their possession. It means they cannot play any home games between now and the end of August. It may well be longer than that. There is speculation that it could be as long as September or October. Nobody can be certain at this stage and we need to see how this plays out.

“However, what is clear is that this is far from ideal for Philippe Clement, his staff and his players. With so much at stake in the first few weeks of the season, they would want all of their pre-season to be smooth and stress-free. There is always enough to worry about when it comes to the £40million Champions League qualifiers and getting off to the best possible start in the Premiership.

“August can make or break a season. In that month last year, under Michael Beale, Gers crashed out of the Champions League and lost their opening league fixture at Kilmarnock. Philippe is now in charge and faces an away day at Hearts on the opening day. That will not be easy.”