By George Overhill

22nd Nov, 2022 | 6:40pm

Rangers have not yet made an official approach to QPR for Michael Beale and the English club do still want him to stay, according to the Evening Standard.

Steven Gerrard’s former assistant, who followed the ex-Ibrox boss to Aston Villa a year ago before taking his first job as a manager at Loftus Road in the summer, has emerged as the clear front-runner for the Gers job.

The English side’s director of football Les Ferdinand had stated on Monday (21 November), following the sacking of Giovanni van Bronckhorst, that he wouldn’t fight to keep someone there who didn’t want to be.

But according to Nizaar Kinsella in the Standard on Tuesday: “QPR have not yet received an official approach from Rangers for Beale, who turned down the Wolves job last month to stay at Loftus Road.

“QPR slipped to seventh in the Championship with three straight defeats before the break for the World Cup but they are targeting promotion and hope Beale will stay.”

Spanner in the works?

Beale is believed to be interested in the Ibrox job so the stance in west London may be wishful thinking as much as anything.

Ferdinand clearly doesn’t want to keep a manager at his club at all costs if they do not wish to be there, but it seems he is not ready to role out the red carpet to let them leave either.

Rangers look to have taken the time since the start of the World Cup break to line things up for a quick appointment, so the fact that they haven’t made an official approach to QPR yet might suggest it is proving more complicated than they had hoped.

Conversations are surely going on behind the scenes between all the relevant parties to work out a way for the situation to be resolved, but it is obviously going to cost the Light Blues if they want Beale to return.

Fans will hope the job of appointing a replacement for Van Bronckhorst doesn’t drag on as it is obviously going to be conducive to a more successful return from the World Cup break if the new man is in place well before that.

Beale has experienced a slump in form at Loftus Road himself, so while the club are well in the running for the Championship play offs still, their table-topping early-season form has dissolved and made the Premier League more of a doubt.

While that might push the club to want to maintain continuity, it may make staying less attractive for Beale himself who clearly has an affinity with Glasgow, so the coming days are sure to see things become clearer over a potential return.

In other Rangers news, one candidate has been tipped to be able to tear strips off people in a way that Van Bronckhorst never could by BBC host Steven Thompson.