By Sean Fisher

24th Nov, 2022 | 11:10am

Rangers to finalise Michael Beale agreement with QPR within days - Chris Jack

Michael Beale is “on the brink” of returning to Rangers to succeed Giovanni van Bronckhorst as manager, according to Chris Jack.

Just days after sacking the Dutchman at Ibrox, Rangers have moved quickly to identify an ideal replacement, with ex-assistant manager Beale the favourite for the job.

Beale worked alongside Steven Gerrard at Ibrox and played a crucial role in the 2020/21 title-winning season. He now finds himself at QPR, but his stay in London is expected to be cut short.

Via The Herald, Jack reports that “Michael Beale is edging closer to an emotional return to Rangers to succeed Giovanni van Bronckhorst as boss. 

“Rangers will now look to finalise an agreement with QPR and land their top managerial target in the coming days.”

Imminent arrival

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After the Rangers board pulled the trigger and sacked Van Bronckhorst, Beale was immediately highlighted as the standout candidate as his successor.

The 42-year-old boasts experience and past success at Ibrox, and proved this year with QPR that he’s capable of getting results without Gerrard at his side.

Beale is young, innovative and wanting to prove that he’s not just a talented assistant, but also a very capable manager. Gers have now given him a platform to prove it and he could turn out to be a long-term investment by the club.

With Jack reporting that a deal could be struck “in the coming days”, Beale should have a few weeks to get on the training ground and implement his ideas in the squad before the Premiership returns on 15 December.

Catching Celtic this season might be too big an ask, but injecting some positivity and forgetting the doom and gloom of the past few months will be top of Beale’s priority list this season.

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