Glasgow Rangers will be acutely aware that new manager Michael Beale could quickly atttract interest from Premier League suitors if he does a stellar job at Ibrox.
The Lowdown: Rangers hire Beale
The Premiership giants announced Beale as their new manager earlier this week, with the 42-year-old leaving his role at English Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers to fill the void left by Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s recent sacking.
He is already quite familiar with the surroundings at Ibrox, having worked as assistant to Steven Gerrard when the former Liverpool captain was Rangers boss between 2018 and 2021.
The Latest: Campbell sounds Beale warning
Despite Beale only starting in the job this week, though, Campbell is already addressing the possibility of an abrupt departure for the English top flight if the new Light Blues boss makes a serious impression in Glasgow.
The former Arsenal striker told Football Insider: “I think Rangers will know the nature of the beast. They’re a huge club, but the competition is the problem.
“If Beale does really well and even half of what Steven Gerrard, you can imagine there will be at least one Premier League side knocking his door down.
“I know he turned down jobs in the past, but managers want to work at the highest level. I think if he does well, Rangers will know what is coming. It’s happened before.”
The Verdict: Rangers have been there before
Campbell makes a fair point about the prospect of Beale being lured to the Premier League, with Rangers having already experienced that scenario when Gerrard abruptly left Ibrox for Aston Villa just over a year ago.
Considering how the new Rangers boss turned down the Wolves job a few weeks ago, citing a commitment to QPR, but then went back on his word once the Ibrox vacancy came up, some cynics may also suggest that the 42-year-old would not think twice about flocking to another club if an opportunity arises.
The scenario described by Campbell is far from implausible, although for now the Light Blues faithful should be reassured that Beale’s first priority will be to get the club back to being the dominant force in Scottish football.
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