By Daniel Feliciano

27th Nov, 2022 | 2:10pm

BBC Scotland pundit shares Michael Beale verdict after chat with next Rangers manager

Michael Beale will know the difference between an assistant manager and first-team manager once he takes the ‘enormous’ job at Rangers, says Neil McCann.

Beale is expected to become the new manager at Ibrox after Rangers made an official approach to Queens Park Rangers to talk to him about the role, although it’s believed permission hasn’t yet been given by the Championship side.

But with an appointment expected before Monday (28 November), BBC pundit McCann has shared to The Scottish Mail (27 November, page 106) that he’s spoken to Beale about his style as a manager and he feels that he is ready to take over as the main man.

“He’s enthusiastic, infectious,” he said.

“I’ve spent a bit of time talking with him about his coaching philosophy and thoughts on being his own man.

“You get that feel he’s ready for it. Mick will back himself but it’s an enormous job. He won’t be fooled or taken by surprise by that.

“But once he’s in the job he’ll soon realise living in Steven Gerrard’s shoes is very different to living in an assistant manager’s shoes.”

Hit the ground running

Beale will know exactly what is expected of him when he steps into Ibrox as the number one man, and he will have little excuse to not hit the ground running.

The squad will be stronger than it was with players having recovered from injury, and he will have a few weeks to work with the squad in advance to get his ideas across.

Add to that the fact that he knows a lot of the players already from having been at the club with Steven Gerrard just over a year ago, and he has a better start than anyone else would have had.

This is a huge step up from being manager at QPR, no disrespect intended, and the fact they haven’t been in great form since he turned the Wolves job down is worrying too.

But he will have the full support of the Ibrox crowd as we look to turn our fortunes around and catch Celtic, and if he somehow does it he will undoubtedly go down as a blues legend.

In other Rangers news, Jim White shares major Beale update overnight as talks hit “standstill”