By Noel Whelan

23rd Nov, 2022 | 1:06pm

Rangers tipped to explode under Michael Beale amid 'massive' new claim - pundit

Noel Whelan has suggested the pre-existing relationship between Michael Beale and Rangers could help “save their season” if he is appointed.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed appointing Beale would mean a “smoother transition” after his time as a coach at Ibrox.

Rangers confirmed Van Bronckhorst’s sacking on Monday (21 November) – with a club statement claiming recent results have not met the club’s expectations.

Football Insider revealed on 22 November that QPR’s Beale is the top target to replace the Dutchman – with a Gers delegation heading to London for talks with a number of candidates.

He is good friends with Ibrox sporting director Ross Wilson and the pair struck up an excellent relationship during his three years as first-team coach at Rangers.

Beale has led his QPR side to seventh in the Championship in his first season in senior management – and has already rejected overtures from Premier League Wolves.

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Whelan claimed the potential of Champions League football and winning trophies will be a big draw for the 42-year-old.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “He’s worked there before.

“He knows what he’s walking in to, and there will already be that element of trust between him and the board.

“The relationship with most of the players is already built, and already good – and that’s massive for the atmosphere.”

“He’ll know the reception staff, the board members, almost everyone at the club.

“It’s going to be a smoother transition than getting someone in from outside and having to adjust mid-seasonand that could help save their season.

“The draw for Beale will be the potential of Champions League football and winning trophies – and you will get that at Rangers.”

In other news, Football Insider updates as ex-Premier League boss “very keen” to open Rangers talks.