By George Overhill

29th Nov, 2022 | 1:40pm

talkSPORT pundit empties both barrels on very disingenuous Rangers boss Michael Beale

Michael Beale looks “very disingenuous” after his move to Rangers and probably came a lot closer to going to Wolves than he’s said, claims Alex Crook.

The new Ibrox boss has rubbed a lot of people up the wrong way after turning down an offer to move to Molineux in October and professing his commitment to QPR, before he was appointed to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst in Glasgow on Monday (28 November).

TalkSPORT reporter Crook thinks the 42-year-old has caused himself a lot of unnecessary problems with how he’s gone about the past couple of months while and suggested Beale nearly went to the Premier League when he had the chance.

Speaking live on talkSPORT on Tuesday morning (29 November) Crook said: “I think Mick Beale has come across as very disingenuous to be honest.

“There’s no problem with rejecting a Premier League job but I think he was probably a lot closer to accepting Wolves’ offer than he’s made out publicly.

“Having decided to stay at Queens Park Rangers, I don’t think he needed to come out with these long statements about loyalty, integrity and his commitment to the cause.

“Because if you do that and then you leave the club five or six weeks later you look like you weren’t telling the truth, so I think he’s set himself up for a fall with that move. I just don’t think he needed to do it.

“I think he’s talked too much for a manager when he’s still in the very embryonic stages of his career.

“When he came out after QPR had lost to Birmingham and described that game as ‘Birmingham’s cup final’… Are you sure? Queens Park Rangers a cup final for anybody? Come on.”

Scorching

Beale probably would have been better off saying a lot less in recent weeks, as well as keeping a lower profile publicly outside of his Loftus Road job.

But he is clearly a confident man and has made no secret of wanting to return to Rangers at some point, so has taken his opportunity to do so.

From a neutral perspective it has been a messy sequence, but from a Light Blues perspective they have got the man they believe is the answer to the recent woes, and if he turns out to be that nobody at Ibrox will be dwelling on how he got there.

However, if he doesn’t prove to be a success then there will be no shortage of voices queuing up to take pleasure in his struggles.

And given how Ross Wilson appears to have been the driving force behind pushing the boat out on Beale after the strong relationship at Rangers previously he will also be sweating if performances on the pitch don’t improve markedly.

So the pressure is well and truly on right now, but Beale is clearly a man who backs himself to handle it and Bears supporters will largely do the same as he embarks on his time in charge.

It is a different challenge to QPR but sounds like one that means a lot more to him, so the floor is now his.

In other Rangers news, a BBC journalist has responded after a bare-chested Light Blues fan interrupted his live broadcast outside Ibrox.