By Doug Ward

14th Sep, 2023 | 11:10am

It would take an “irresistible” offer by Rangers to convince John Eustace to quit Birmingham City to head to Ibrox, according to BirminghamLive journalist Alex Dicken.

Writing on the BirminghamLive website on 14 September, Dicken reported that Eustace, 43, is settled in the West Midlands and has a group of players at St Andrew’s who are performing well.

On 6 September, the Daily Mail reported that the Birmingham boss is an early candidate to replace Beale at Ibrox with the 43-year-old Englishman struggling in the opening weeks of the new season.

The Daily Mail also reported on 7 September that Wayne Rooney is someone who Birmingham are looking to hire if Eustace leaves.

Dicken can see why Rangers are linked with Eustace but he suggests that the Birmingham boss, for now, isn’t likely to be going anywhere.

“Talk about Eustace and Wayne Rooney has dominated the last week and a half of this international break. There’s always something that keeps people alive during these weeks of the season and this story is quite significant,” said Dicken on the BirminghamLive website on 14 September.

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“Eustace is apparently of interest to Rangers. Rangers have started the Scottish season quite poorly – two wins and two defeats – and apparently Eustace is one of the names in the frame if they decide to get rid of Michael Beale. I think it would take something irresistible for Eustace to leave this project now, I know he’s very settled in the area and has been for virtually his entire career. He has a group of players now that are genuinely challenging at the right end of the Championship and he keeps talking about growing with them.

“I know he has some links with Rangers from the past. When Mark Warburton was manager he almost signed for them and spent some time coaching there when he was coming towards the end of his playing career. I personally would like to see him stay at Blues and finish the job, because with this group of players I think they can actually do quite well.”

Will Rangers sack Beale?

It’s looking increasingly likely.

Beale was hired by former sporting director Ross Wilson last season but it was a shoddy appointment that came completely down to personal relationships, ease of a deal and a few games of management in the English Championship at QPR.

The way Beale’s appointment came about wasn’t pretty too with the Londoner appearing in the stands for a Rangers match while the pressure was mounting on his predecessor Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Beale is unlikely to have many supporters on the board right now.

He spent a lot of money in the summer but in the last match before the international break, he decided to leave a number of expensive signings out of his starting line-up against Celtic.

That game saw Beale lose his second Scottish Premiership match out of four while he’s also seen the Gers crash out of Champions League qualifying at the hands of PSV.

He’s likely to go at some point, especially with The Sun reporting on Wednesday (13 September) that an approach has unsuccessfully been made to Graham Potter.

In other Rangers news, this Ibrox loanee has hit back after being repeatedly asked a question.