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Rangers: Michael Beale in talks to become new Ibrox manager

Michael Beale, right, spent three years at Ibrox as a member of Steven Gerrard’s coaching staff

Rangers have held talks with Michael Beale over the succession of Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Queens Park Rangers manager.

Talks with Beale, who spent three years on Steven Gerrard’s coaching staff at Ibrox, are believed to be at an advanced stage.

Other candidates have been considered and spoken to but the 42-year-old is their number one target.

An appointment could potentially be arranged by Rangers next week.

Beale took over at Loftus Road in the summer, with QPR currently seventh in the Championship after a run of four losses in five games.

Van Bronckhorst, who had been in charge for just 12 months, was sacked earlier this month when Rangers were nine points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership title race.

The Ibrox side also recorded their worst Champions League group stage ever despite making it to last season’s Europa League final.

Under Gerrard, Rangers halted Celtic’s bid for 10 league titles in 2021, and Beale then joined the former Liverpool captain at Aston Villa for the following season.

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