By Sean Fisher

24th Nov, 2022 | 2:10pm

Michael Beale to Rangers 'essentially done' as Ibrox source speaks to The 4th Official

Michael Beale’s appointment as the new Rangers manager is on the brink of being completed, according to The 4th Official.

Rangers are extremely close to hiring current QPR manager Beale as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s successor. The 42-year-old previously spent time at Ibrox as Steven Gerrard’s right-hand man, but will now take the hot seat himself.

Beale’s experience and knowledge of Scottish football made him stand out on the Rangers managerial shortlist and it seems the club are set to secure their top target imminently.

The 4th Official reported: “I have been told by my sources that Michael Beale to Rangers is essentially done barring a late U-turn. One of those sources who is close to the Ibrox board told me that it’s done ”unless something dramatic happens”.

“I have also been able to find out that Rangers have officially spoken with QPR after making a formal approach.

“Rangers will need to pay around £1.5m in compensation to QPR to complete this move.

“Don’t expect this to drag on for too long now, as ‘we are in the endgame now’ to borrow a popular pop culture phase.”

Only the start

Beale’s appointment at Ibrox now seems inevitable. The board seemed set on bringing him in the moment Van Bronckhorst was sacked, and it’ll be interesting to see how he handles the pressures of management on his own.

Of course, his experience at QPR suggests Beale will be just fine, with the Championship side emerging as promotion candidates under his stewardship before links to both Wolves and Rangers rocked the boat.

Beale will now have the remainder of the World Cup break to work with the Gers squad and implement his ideas in training before the return of the Premiership on 15 December.

Shortly after that, the January transfer window opens and the Rangers board have to show faith and ambition by backing Beale with a big budget to help him transform this ageing squad.

As it stands, no manager would have a chance of turning things around at Ibrox with an old and injury-plagued squad. The team has some serious flaws that need addressing through transfers, and it’s down to the board to rally behind Beale.

Then – and only then – can Rangers think about returning to the top.

In other Rangers news, Rangers are set to finalise their Michael Beale agreement with QPR within the next few days according to Chris Jack