Rangers are having a managerial crisis just now, the “is he?”, “isn’t he?” debate about whether or not Michael Beale is the man, however, it was the same in 2018 when German football legend Felix Magath was interviewed for the top job.

Pedro Caixinha had been a disaster and Graeme Murty’s spell as caretaker wasn’t much better, it was at this point that Dave King and co. knew they needed a big hitter to take the reins.

Speaking to The Sun, Rangers shareholder – yes, you read that right – Felix Magath has revealed that he was a contender before Steven Gerrard was appointed, a twist of fate that might have seen Michael Beale somewhere else in 2023.

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Rangers considered Felix Magath in sliding doors Beale moment

A career that is as successful as it is long both on and off the pitch saw the 70-year old develop a fascination with Scottish football.

Years spent playing teams like Rangers, Hearts, Aberdeen and Celtic in European football exposed him to a style of play and passionate fan base that he grew to admire.

Spells at Hamburg, Werder Bremen, Eintracht Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Shalke in the Bundesliga highlights just how well respected he is and it is no wonder that Felix Magath’s affection for Rangers was investigated a little further in 2018.

A manager like Magath probably would have been a good option when Gerrard left.

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A safe pair of hands to guide Rangers through a difficult spell, or after Giovanni van Bronckhorst when discipline needed to be restored.

The time may have passed for Felix Magath but it is his profile, that should the axe fall on Michael Beale, that Rangers need to consider.

Proven, respected, a winner.