Rangers eyeing up familiar face with excellent reputation as pressure on Van Bronckhorst reaches boiling point

Ben Stewart
Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard (left) and assistant Michael Beale

Rangers have had a troublesome start to their 2022/23 campaign and the future of Giovanni van Bronckhorst seems to be up in the air.

Van Bronckhorst’s side were humiliated in midweek as Liverpool smashed them 7-1 in the Champions League. The Scottish side currently sit second in the Scottish Premiership, behind rivals Celtic.

Their European campaign has been nothing short of a disaster so far. Having made it all the way to the Europa League final last year, they have struggled to adapt to the Champions League this year.

In the Champions League, Rangers currently sit bottom of Group A and are yet to pick up a point.

They have conceded 16 goals across their four European matches so far and have struggled to adapt to the higher level.

Despite the growing pressure on Van Bronckhorst, he still has faith he can turn things around.

He said in a recent Rangers press conference: “It can be a crazy thing when you see the changes of managers.

“That’s the position we’re in as managers. But I never think of moments like that to be fired. I want to continue my work and put my energy into that.

“What I really like is the backing of my directors. I have a feeling we are all in this together.

“We all work hard to bring success back to this club and that will come with highs and lows. Wednesday was definitely a low for all of us. But I have a feeling that in this club we win together and lose together.”

Rangers eyeing up former assistant 

According to reports, Rangers are said to have their eye on QPR boss Michael Beale.

Beale was a former assistant manager at Rangers while Steven Gerrard was the man in charge at Ibrox.

The 42-year-old left the club along with Gerrard back in November 2021 to take the assistant job at Aston Villa.

Given his impressive reputation, QPR then approached Beale for their managerial role in the summer. Since taking the QPR job, Beale’s reputation has continued to grow.

QPR have started the season well in the Championship and currently sit fourth in the table and only one point off the top.

The Sun’s Alan Nixon has claimed that Rangers are currently weighing up a move for the QPR boss.

Beale has only managed 15 games up until this point, but his coaching reputation is unquestionable.

With QPR he has a 46.67 percent win ratio and is already a fan favourite.

After his own playing career was cut short, Beale quickly made his way up the footballing ladder and has worked with the Liverpool and Chelsea academies.

Rangers need a shift of momentum 

Van Bronckhorst is now tasked with the job of turning around the tide at Rangers.

Rangers finished second in the Scottish Premiership during his first season with the club and finished four points behind Celtic.

They were successful in the Scottish Cup last season, but Van Bronckhorst won’t be able to live on former glories for too long.

Due to their sluggish start in Europe, Rangers can no longer qualify from their group, but they could still secure a spot in the Europa League.

Ajax currently sit three points above them, with two games left to play in the group stages.

If Rangers manage to leapfrog them into third place, they will be entered into the Europa League and have another chance at European glory.

The Scottish Premiership is also still within their reach, but they will have to start picking up the pace soon.

Van Bronckhorst now faces a pivotal few weeks at Rangers where his future could be decided.

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