Rangers ‘considered ex-Gerrard teammate’ before manager plunge
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Rangers ‘considered ex-Gerrard teammate’ before manager plunge

Rangers reportedly considered a move for ex-Bournemouth boss Scott Parker for the Ibrox manager’s job before plunging for QPR boss Michael Beale.

The Gers are reportedly set to launch an official approach for ex-Ibrox assistant Michael Beale, who is in his first top job at QPR having served alongside Steven Gerrard at Rangers and Aston Villa.

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The likeable coach has never hidden his fondness of Rangers and has been clear in the past that he wants to return to Ibrox as manager at some point in the future.

With QPR sporting director Les Ferdinand claiming the Loftus Road side won’t stand in his way, and Michael Beale set to be subject to an approach, it looks like the ex-Chelsea, Liverpool and Sao Paolo coach will get his chance in the coming days.

But had things been a little different, perhaps Rangers might’ve been appointing another young English coach in former Bournemouth manager Scott Parker.

Rangers apparently considered Scott Parker move

Ex-Chelsea, West Ham and Charlton midfielder Parker earned promotion with another ex-side in Fulham, before suffering relegation, and then moving to AFC Bournemouth after leaving Craven Cottage by mutual consent.

After earning promotion with Bournemouth to the Premier League, Scott Parker was sacked in August following a 9-0 thrashing by Liverpool.

According to Dean Jones, who was speaking to Give Me Sport, the 42-year-old – who is a former England international teammate of Steven Gerrard’s – was being considered by Rangers before reports started emerging regarding Michael Beale.

“The only other name I’ve heard really on the back of that is Gerardo Seoane, who’s somebody that they’re interested in,” said Jones.

“But Hasenhuttl too, and Scott Parker is actually one that I’ve heard.

So, they’re all quite different managers, and maybe it’s just Rangers trying to have varying degrees of expectation.

“They’ll aim high, that’ll probably be Michael Beale, and then the others will fall into place, and you’ll start to see who best fits the profile in terms of one getting the fans on board but also getting these players to the level they need to be at.”

Meanwhile, one pair of Rangers stars have cut their World Cup breaks short with the Ibrox side in mind.