By Adefunmiloye Alani

10th Nov, 2021 | 8:55pm

Rangers Fan Mailbag: Will Michael Beale replace Gerrard as Bears boss if he leaves for Villa?

Every week we will be asking Rangers fans on Facebook for questions that will be answered by our correspondents. You can join in by liking Rangers Insider on Facebook and watching out for weekly mailbag posts.

Rangers boss Steven Gerrard has been strongly linked with Aston Villa as the Premier League side search for Dean Smith’s replacement.

The rumours have refused to go away since Monday, with fresh updates coming in almost every hour.

Gerrard dreams of managing in the English top-flight someday, with Liverpool his ultimate destination, but Villa could be offering him a chance that is very tempting.

With that in mind, we asked for your burning questions about all things Ranger-related for our Rangers Insider correspondents to answer, and one Bears fan wanted to know if first-team coach Michael Beale, 41, would get a chance to take over as manager at Ibrox if Gerrard leaves or simply follow him out.

Great question, Clinton, and it must be admitted that you are already looking towards the future as the 41-year-old will not be with the Light Blues forever.

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Beale joined Gerrard’s backroom staff upon his appointment in May 2018, and while he was briefly linked with English Championship outfit Cardiff City last month [BBC], he has remained at Ibrox.

According to Daily Mail, should the Bears boss call it a day in Scotland, his assistants Tommy Culshaw, Gary McAllister, Beale and head of performance Jordan Milsom would likely follow him.

Rangers would be keen to make a big-name appointment as Gerrard’s replacement should he move on, and while Beale has played a key role behind-the-scenes, he is not likely to get a look-in for the job.

Things could change in the future, though, should the former Sao Paulo assistant manager ever decide to become the main man in the dugout.

Clive Tyldesley revealed that his reputation as a coach is growing by the week, and he hears a lot of complimentary things said about him when he bumps into managers and coaches down south [Football Scotland].

Beale surely has a bright future ahead of him, but he is likely to stick with Gerrard for now at Ibrox, or at Villa Park.

In other Rangers news, the Bears are plotting January swoop for teenage striking sensation, five PL clubs in pursuit too.