By George Overhill

22nd Nov, 2022 | 9:45pm

Scott Parker named by journalist as surprise candidate for Rangers manager job

Scott Parker is a potential candidate to be the new Rangers manager as the race to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst heats up, according to Dean Jones.

The former England midfielder was sacked by Bournemouth earlier this season (30 August) after falling out with the Cherries board over signings, just three days after seeing his side thrashed 9-0 by Liverpool.

The 42-year-old has twice won promotion to the English Premier League, first with Fulham, and then with Bournemouth, but has struggled in the top flight, yet according to Jones he has been named as one of the options to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst following the Dutchman’s Monday sacking (21 November).

The former Eurosport journalist told GIVEMESPORT: “The only other name I’ve heard really on the back of that is Gerardo Seoane, who’s somebody that they’re interested in. But [Ralph] Hasenhuttl too, and Scott Parker is actually one that I’ve heard.

“So, they’re all quite different managers, and maybe it’s just Rangers trying to have varying degrees of expectation.

“They’ll aim high, that’ll probably be Michael Beale, and then the others will fall into place, and you’ll start to see who best fits the profile in terms of one getting the fans on board but also getting these players to the level they need to be at.”

Surely not?

It is clear that there is plenty of fire behind the smoke in terms of Beale’s chances of taking over, but until it’s a done deal there remains scope for the appointment to fall apart.

Parker is a surprising candidate, given that his most recent period in the spotlight ended amid disagreements with his board over transfers and a major hammering at the hands of Liverpool.

Unfortunately for Light Blues fans, that sounds worryingly similar to certain elements of the era that just ended at Ibrox, given the 7-1 defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s men on 12 October, and while Van Bronckhorst appeared to be following the company line on signings it has been a major sore point among the fanbase.

Parker might fit the Steven Gerrard mould as a former England international midfielder who is unproven in a job of this size, but the former Ibrox boss came to Glasgow while the club was still attempting to build itself back up.

Having secured the 55th title it is a very different job at Rangers now, and given Parker has a poor record in the Premier League it would likely be a very underwhelming choice.

That said, Beale has much less experience as a manager in his own right, having only left Gerrard’s side at Aston Villa in the summer, and while he has impressed at QPR for some of the season a recent slump has seen the shine come off.

But his previous experience at Ibrox is clearly an invaluable element in the eyes of the board, and looks to have lifted him above all the other options at this point.

In other Rangers news, the club may have hit a snag in their plans to fill the manager’s job as an update has emerged over an official approach.