By Alan Hutton

2nd Nov, 2021 | 8:00pm

Rangers TV pundit fears 'massive blow' after Beale update

Alan Hutton has insisted Michael Beale would be a “huge loss” to the Rangers coaching staff amid links to the Cardiff City job.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Ibrox defender and Rangers TV pundit hailed the 41-year-old influence as part of Steven Gerrard’s coaching staff.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference (October 29th), Gerrard revealed he is not aware of any approach for the Gers coach and that Beale himself has not mentioned anything.

As reported by BBC Sport (26th October), Cardiff are considering making a move for Beale to replace Mick McCarthy.

The former Wolves and Republic of Ireland manager left the Bluebirds after the 2-0 defeat to Middlesbrough.

Hutton insisted Beale is a crucial cog in the coaching team at Rangers.

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He admitted his departure would be a bitter pill for Gerrard to swallow.

Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “He’ll be a huge loss. Absolutely massive.

“I think he helps Steven Gerrard a lot up there in terms of tactical stuff on the field, the actual training regimes. He kind of does a fair bit of work up there as well as Steven.

“I think they complement each other very well. They’re a good partnership, so to lose that would be a massive blow.

“It just really comes down to Michael Beale and what his thoughts are. Does he see himself as a manager?

“Or does he see himself like that kind of working guy on the training ground who likes the tactical side of it and that’s what he wants to do?

“Listening to his podcasts and that, he is so intelligent when it comes to football and football intelligence. He is new thinking and he’s got great ideas.

“That would be an absolutely massive loss but a huge gain for Cardiff.”

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