By Sean Fisher

24th Nov, 2022 | 12:10pm

Graham Spiers makes 'disastrous' claim as Rangers close in on Michael Beale as new manager

Rangers are closing in on hiring Michael Beale as the club’s new manager, but Graham Spiers raised concern about his recent form at QPR.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been ushered out the exit doors at Ibrox, and Rangers have moved quickly to identify former assistant manager Beale as his ideal replacement.

TalkSPORT reported on Wednesday night that a formal approach is being readied by Gers for the current QPR boss, and the Daily Record claim that Beale himself is open to accepting the offer.

Everything seems to point towards the 42-year-old taking the reins at Rangers, but Spiers raised concern about Beale’s recent form at QPR.

“Rangers trying to land Michael Beale is full of intrigue,” Spiers posted to Twitter.

“Beyond dispute, a highly respected coach, but coming off a disastrous run with QPR: 1 point taken from last 15 in Championship. Little wonder RFC fans are split on this.

“A crucial moment for Rangers.”

Huge test

Beale has enjoyed great success at Rangers after being a crucial part of the title-winning 2020/21 season alongside Steven Gerrard.

However, he was an assistant then and is now wanting to prove he can bring similar results under his own command.

His record at QPR is fairly impressive and suggests he can stand on his own two feet, but as Spiers mentions his recent form in west London makes for scary viewing.

However, there’s much more context behind Beale’s poor form. His QPR side got off to a flying start in the Championship and looked like strong contenders for automatic promotion, but their form was derailed once Beale was linked with the Wolves vacancy.

Despite not taking the Premier League job, it had a huge impact on his side and it became glaringly obvious that Beale wasn’t expecting to stay with QPR for long.

That would have had a huge impact on his squad and Beale seems to have lost the respect he once had at QPR. At Rangers – provided he keeps his name away from any other managerial vacancies – that shouldn’t be an issue.

Players will respect him from their previous title-winning experience together, and Beale already has enough experience and knowledge of Rangers and Scottish football.

Of course, hiring Beale as a standalone manager is a huge risk, but QPR’s latest form shouldn’t have too many Rangers fans sweating.

In other Rangers news, a formal approach is readied to hire Michael Beale as the new manager at Ibrox