Glasgow Rangers reportedly have their eye on another manager as they consider what life could look like at Ibrox after Giovanni van Bronckhorst…
According to Alan Nixon, via his Patreon, the Light Blues are looking at their former assistant manager, under Steven Gerrard, Michael Beale as a potential replacement for the Dutch head coach.
The report claims that the Gers have him on their shortlist as they ponder a swoop for the Queens Park Rangers boss if they ever decide to sack van Bronckhorst.
There is no indication that they are imminently set to part ways with the former Feyenoord boss but it appears as though Ross Wilson is drawing up a shortlist in case that situation does arise in the coming months.
Wilson could land a dream upgrade on the current manager by appointing Beale, whether that is now or in the future, as he is a man who knows the club inside and out.
It has been less than a year since he left Rangers in November 2021 and this means that he would be familiar with most of the squad, including the likes of Allan McGregor, James Tavernier, Borna Barisic, Ryan Kent, and many more.
Beale was Gerrard’s assistant at Rangers for over three years and played a vital role in the title success in 2020/21 as the club won the Premiership ahead of Celtic. So influential was the now QPR boss, that Jermain Defoe dubbed him a “genius.”
He followed the ex-Liverpool midfielder to Aston Villa before moving into management in the summer to take over at Loftus Road.
Upon arriving at Loftus Road, the 42-year-old outlined the principles he wanted his team to have, saying: “I want us to be a front foot and high-intensity team, in and out of possession. I want Loftus Road to be a real cauldron for us – I’ve been to games here and I know just how much the fans can impact the team on the pitch.”
This suggests that he wants his teams to be attack-minded and QPR’s 20 goals in 14 Championship matches backs that up, with his side currently sitting fourth in the table after the London club finished 11th last term.
Their progression since Beale came in is impressive and shows that he is capable of getting a team to play attractive and high-intensity football whilst winning matches. Journalist Josh Bunting recently described him as tactically “immense” and claimed that he has “taken QPR up levels” since joining them.
He would, therefore, be somewhat of a perfect alternative. His connections inside the club, his pre-existing relationships with a lot of the squad, and his promising start to the season with QPR in England should be huge tick marks for the Rangers hierarchy.