Former Ibrox ace DaMarcus Beaasley is backing Rangers’ pursuit of QPR manager Mick Beale ahead of a potential return to Glasgow for Steven Gerrard’s former assistant coach, speaking to talkSPORT (24 November, 11.50am). 

Now, the whole ‘he knows the club’ argument doesn’t always stand up to scrutiny. 

That’s what they said about Frank Lampard at Chelsea, Andrea Pirlo and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United, to name but three. And we all know how that turned out. The difference here, of course, is that Beale has already enjoyed real success at Ibrox, not as a player but as a coach. 

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He was, in the eyes of some, the ‘brains’ behind Rangers’ title-winning operation in 2020/21. And it may be no coincidence that, ever since Beale went his own way, Gerrard’s Aston Villa career went rather rapidly down the pan.

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According to talkSPORT, Rangers are ready to make a ‘formal approach’ to Beale. The 42-year-old turned down Wolverhampton Wanderers in October but there is an acceptance at Loftus Road that the Ibrox job could be too good to turn down, with director of football Les Ferdinand already admitting that he won’t stand in Beale’s way (Daily Record). 

“I’d give it a thumbs up,” says former USA international Beasley, who tasted Scottish Premiership success with the Glasgow giants in 2009 and 2010. 

“He knows the club. He was (at Ibrox) under Gerrard. And you want someone who is passionate about Rangers. Someone who understands what it means to be a Rangers man.  

“I think, if they did make that hire, I think it would be a good hire.” 

Beale’s QPR side went into the World Cup break sitting seventh in the Championship table. Albeit on the back of three successive league defeats. Rangers have also sounded out Maccabi Haifa boss Barak Bakhar. The 43-year-old Israeli remains committed to a club who stunned Juventus in the Champions League group-stages recently. 

Bodo/Glimt coach Kjetil Knutsen has also distanced himself from the job.  

Per the Record, Peter Bosz, Sinisa Mihajlovic and Francesco Fariolo are interested in Rangers. Former Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, however, is not a realistic candidate. Nor is ex-Gers midfielder Kevin Muscat, despite suggestions that he could be Ibrox’s answer to Ange Postecoglou.

“Just look what happened across the city,” Rangers hero Kris Boyd tells the Scottish Sun. “Ange Postecoglou has transferred his success in Australia and Japan to Scotland.

“His countryman, Kevin Muscat, has an almost identical CV and is someone worth considering. I’m sure, in typical west of Scotland fashion, some punters won’t want to be seen as copying Celtic. 

“But if Muscat proves to be the perfect fit, then who really cares what his background is? The Aussie also knows better than most the strengths and weaknesses of Postecoglou.” 

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