BRENDAN RODGERS has backed Michael Beale to bounce back from his disappointment at Rangers, saying he will reflect on his Ibrox mistakes and be a better coach for the experience.

The Celtic manager took time out from previewing his own side’s crucial Champions League tie against Lazio tonight to express sympathy for his now former rival on the other side of the Glasgow divide, after Beale was sacked on Sunday evening.

Rodgers says that Beale will likely not come under the same pressure or expectation in his next post, and that his time in Glasgow will prove a valuable learning curve for the 43-year-old.

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“It’s always difficult whenever you lose your job as a manager,” Rodgers said.

“I’ve had that experience and when it happens to you for the first time it can feel like the end of the world.

“But what you learn with experience is that after the clouds comes the sunshine - and that it’s a part of the game. You learn, especially in the modern game when change happens so much, that it can happen to you.

“When you’re manager at Celtic and Rangers, these jobs are the very highest level of pressure, expectation, stress. For a young manager starting out that’s a big, big challenge.

“But he will be better for it. He’ll go away and reflect where he could have been better, where things could have been different and then it will; sharpen his teeth going into the next job.

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“Because, like I said, at the biggest clubs the highs can be really high and, like he’s probably sampled in the last few days, the lows can be low.

“But it’s part of our job. It’s our profession and it’s not always nice. But he’ll come again, I’m pretty sure.”