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Rangers confirm next manager after Van Bronckhorst exit

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The record 55-time Scottish champions have named their new head coach after firing Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Rangers have appointed Michael Beale as their new manager on a deal until 2026.

The 42-year-old replaces the sacked Giovanni van Bronckhorst to become the 18th Rangers manager. He previously worked at Ibrox as an assistant to Steven Gerrard. Together, the pair won the Scottish Premiership in 2020/21 before linking up again at Aston Villa in the Premier League.

However, after 192 games as Gerrard’s assistant, Beale left Villa in the summer to take charge at QPR. He won nine of his 22 games (D4 L9) at the Championship side, before sealing a return to Glasgow on Monday.

“It is fantastic to be back and to see everybody this morning, there are some new faces but some people that I know really well so it is great to see everyone,” Beale told the club’s website.

“I am hugely proud, it is a wonderful, wonderful football club, it is an institution. For everyone that works here it is a huge privilege, but to be the manager of this football club, that is extremely special. Some wonderful people have sat in this chair prior to me, and I am hugely proud to be the person sitting here now.”

Beale, who previously turned down interest from Wolves earlier this year, will make his Rangers managerial debut on December 10 in a friendly against Bayer Leverkusen.