By Sean Fisher

24th Nov, 2022 | 6:32am

Rangers ready formal approach to hire Michael Beale as new manager at Ibrox

Rangers have made their pursuit of Michael Beale official, with talkSPORT sources claiming the club are ready to make a formal approach.

The search for Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s successor at Ibrox is heating up, and it seems as though Rangers’ top choice for the job is current QPR boss Michael Beale.

The 42-year-old worked under Steven Gerrard as his assistant manager, but Beale is now linked with taking the hot seat himself. The Daily Record reported earlier this week that Beale is not only interested in taking the job, but that his current employers won’t stand in the way of him if he wants to accept.

TalkSPORT then broke the news on Wednesday evening that Gers had readied a “formal approach” for Beale, according to their sources.

Provided the club and manager can agree terms, his appointment at Ibrox could be imminent.

Quick business

It took a while for the Rangers board to eventually pull the trigger and sack Van Bronckhorst, but to their credit, they have moved quickly to approach and hopefully appoint Beale as his successor.

The World Cup break seemed like an opportunity too good to turn down in regards to bringing in a new manager and allowing them a few weeks to settle down and implement their ideas in training.

Provided that Beale does agree terms and sign as Gers manager within the next few days, he’d have until 15 December to work with the squad. On top of that, only Borna Barisic is absent from the team at the World Cup, so Beale would have a near-full squad to work with.

The club are clearly confident that Beale can perform and emulate his previous success at Ibrox without Gerrard at the helm. It’s a huge risk, but his strong start at QPR shows that he is capable as a manager.

The next step for Rangers after hiring a new boss is to plan for the January transfer window and provide Beale with financial backing to improve the current injury-ridden squad.

In other Rangers news, Gers are sued by their former kit supplier as £9.5m court case starts