Rangers are set to “keep tabs” on the progress of 33-year-old Italian coach Francesco Farioli after meeting with the Alanyaspor boss before appointing Michael Beale.

The Gers have officially announced the signing of QPR manager Beale as their 18th permanent boss following the sacking of Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Francesco Farioli was one of the names being linked in the media, with former BBC man Fraser Fletcher claiming that the ex-Sassuolo coach was “interested” in taking the Rangers job.

And these links appear to have been ratified by the Athletic, who are claiming that Francesco Farioli was amongst the managers the Ibrox club met with prior to signing the deal with Michael Beale.

They also claim that the young Italian impressed so much that the Gers are keeping tabs on his development with Super Lig side Alanyaspor, where Farioli has built a reputation for playing “imaginative football”.

An understudy to Brighton boss Robert De Zerbi during the Italian’s time in Turkey, the former goalkeeping coach is apparently “considered one to keep tabs on” at Ibrox.

Rangers move for Michael Beale as Francesco Farioli impresses

Rangers have instead plunged for Michael Beale and handed Steven Gerrard’s former Ibrox assistant a three-and-a-half year deal as he immediately sets about reversing a downturn in domestic form.

The Gers had gone the season unbeaten before Gerrard and Beale left last year and since then the domestic slide has been more than apparent under Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

What’s more, the incoming Rangers manager has committed to getting back to aggressively dominating games and winning games at Ibrox and on the road in style.

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Rangers are currently nine points behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership title race and restart their domestic campaign at home to Hibs on 15th December.

It’ll be Michael Beale and not Francesco Farioli at the helm as Rangers look to cut into Celtic’s lead and mount a better domestic defence than they done so under Van Bronckhorst.

The appointment has certainly turned heads and sent shockwaves through arrogant pundits south of the border.

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