Rangers have not spoken to representatives of Kevin Muscat after a rumour emerged on social media suggesting that tentative talks had been held.

The Yokohama FM manager was apparently sounded out with Michael Beale’s position under increasing scrutiny but this report has subsequently been rubbished.

Writing on X, Rangers media partner Heart and Hand confirmed that the club has distanced themselves from Kevin Muscat.

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The original claim came from X site @scout_aussie, a page that focusses on Australian football:

“Understand that Yokohama FM manager and ex-Socceroo Kevin Muscat is considered by Rangers as a candidate to replace Michael Beale were Beale to leave the club.

“Contact is believed to have been made with associates of Muscat.

“Muscat won the J-League with Yokohama FM last season.”

Coincidentally, articles have emerged this morning claiming that among the favourites to be the next Rangers manager is Kevin Muscat.

David Edgar has spoken to Rangers though and confirmed that, on their say so, that Kevin Muscat has not been spoken to – this time at least.

“Nothing in Muscat reports. No contact with club.”

The former Rangers defender was a title winner in his short Ibrox stay and is close friends with Craig Moore, who has been tipped as a possible sporting director candidate.

Known for an aggressive and attacking style of play, he hasn’t just emulated his mentor Ange Postecoglu, he has surpassed him.

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Beale might be under pressure, but much of it is self-inflicted.

He has bought players to play attacking football but is refusing to set them up in a way that allows them to.

If he doesn’t after the international break, the rumour might become reality.

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