By Joe Ellis

30th Nov, 2022 | 10:10pm

Rangers made call to Alanyaspor boss Francesco Farioli prior to Michael Beale appointment

Alanyaspor manager Francesco Farioli was high on Rangers’ shortlist before they appointed Michael Beale, according to Tutto Mercato Web.

The 33-year-old took charge of the Turkish Super League club on 31 December 2021 and has impressed many at the Kirbiyik Holding Stadium which saw the Light Blues consider making an approach for him.

There was even a phone call between the Bears and Farioli to tentatively enquire about his availability and how much it may have cost to buy him out of his contract in Turkey.

In the end, the pursuit of Farioli went no further than that phone call with Beale chosen as the man to replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst as Rangers manager.

The Italian manager has previously worked as Roberto De Zerbi’s assistant manager, a role Beale is familiar with, but he has now also moved on to Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.

One for the future

While Farioli was not offered the role at Ibrox on this occasion, the very fact he is attracting such interest at just 33 years of age is very encouraging and it should mean that Rangers can revisit his position should things not work out with Beale.

Turkey is a very difficult league to judge because while some players have been sensational from the Super League, others have struggled to settle upon their arrival in the British Isles.

You don’t have to look any further than Ridvan Yilmaz to highlight that having looked a very good player when he has been given a chance but injuries at the wrong time have really hampered him at Auchenhowie.

The same process could be the same for managers with only a handful of poor results often leaving them very exposed and walking the tightrope at whatever team they are in charge of.

Rangers needed results immediately and so they could not really risk giving such a big job to somebody with little experience in the hot seat.

In other Rangers news, the Gers could pursue a deal to sign this teenage defender after a successful trial at Auchenhowie.