By Joe Ellis

29th Nov, 2022 | 7:40pm

Michael Stewart slams Michael Beale for 'unsavoury' incident at Ibrox as he gets Rangers job

Michael Stewart is not at all pleased with new Rangers manager Michael Beale after an “unsavoury” incident prior to joining the club.

The new main man at Ibrox had been approached by Wolves for their then-vacant manager’s post but turned the Premier League side down to show his loyalty to Queens Park Rangers.

But not long after he watched from the stands as Rangers beat Aberdeen at Ibrox and Stewart was not a fan of that move as Giovanni van Bronckhorst was already under pressure at that stage.

“The comments in the aftermath of turning down Wolves weren’t the only unsavoury incident in a short period of time,” Stewart wrote in The Times.

“Beale’s appearance at Ibrox a month ago for the game against Aberdeen was another and it drew some attention, as Van Bronckhorst was by then already under pressure.

“Having just pledged his allegiance to QPR he could claim some deniability and insist nothing should be read into his visit. It certainly threw me off the scent.

“I genuinely thought there was no way he would turn up at a club where the manager was under pressure and have any intentions of taking the man’s job. How wrong I was! Football can be such a cruel business at times.”

In the past

Anything that happened in the van Bronckhorst era of Rangers Football Club has to now be put firmly behind everybody at the club because it’s Beale’s time to lead this famous club forward.

Stewart can moan all he likes about what the new man at the helm may or may not have done during his time as QPR boss but it will all fall on deaf ears in the end.

Beale has a tough task to overcome if he wants to see the Bears overhaul a nine-point deficit to Celtic in the Premiership title race and he won’t have any European exploits to enjoy either.

A Scottish Cup retention and chasing the Hoops all the way to the checkered flag domestically is about all he can hope for initially before the real charge starts next season.

A fresh pair of eyes on proceedings could be all that is required to turn what was a squad in turmoil into a united front that becomes a proper force in Scottish football once again.

In other Rangers news, chiefs at Auchenhowie are said to be desperate for this teenager to sign on the dotted line as Premier League giants lurk.