By Sam Stone

24th Nov, 2022 | 9:10am

Rangers difficult to reject as they ready formal move to hire QPR boss Michael Beale

Rangers look set to make a formal approach for Queen’s Park Rangers boss Michael Beale, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.

The Daily Record suggest (22 November) Beale is keen to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst at Ibrox after the Dutchman was finally relieved of his duties.

Crook has since revealed the club are now set to step up their pursuit of their former assistant, suggesting it could be a difficult job for Beale to turn down.

“Rangers look set to make a formal approach for QPR boss and their ex-assistant Mick Beale. Interesting to see if he stays loyal to the project this time. Big job to say no to,” said Crook (via Twitter, 23 November).

Big news

This is potentially massive news for Rangers, with Beale getting his managerial career off to a good start in West London. He has previously turned down the chance to manage Wolves in the Premier League, but the Gers are completely different level in terms of the club size and fan base.

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Beale may well find this chance too big to decline. Furthermore, he may not get another opportunity to take the hot seat at Ibrox again. The next appointment for Rangers is absolutely vital, with the January transfer window fast approaching. The new manager simply has to be backed by the board, unlike van Bronckhorst in the summer.

It’s clear the club were reluctant to back the Dutchman again in the winter window, with a number of his summer signings not quite working out as he had hoped. Let’s hope the board finally invest some of the Calvin Bassey and Joe Aribo money back into the squad, to give the new boss the best chance of salvaging something out of the 2022/23 season.

In other Rangers news, the club are currently working on just one candidate for manager but things could change.