Michael Beale arrived at the Rangers training center yesterday (Photo: Kirk O’Rourke/Shutterstock)

Michael Beale said he was “extremely proud” to be appointed as Rangers’ new manager as the club yesterday signed the former Ibrox manager until the summer of 2026.

Rangers believe they have captured “one of the most desirable young managers in British football” after luring Beale from QPR.

A week after Giovanni van Bronckhorst was sacked, the Ibrox club confirmed that the 42-year-old Englishman, who was assistant to former Gers boss Steven Gerrard, has been appointed as their 18th permanent manager.

Speaking of his appointment, Beale said: “It’s fantastic to be back this morning and see everyone. There are some new faces, but some I know very well.

“I’m very proud, it’s a great football club, it’s an institution. It’s a great privilege for everyone who works here, but being the manager of this football club is something very special.

“Some great people have sat in this chair before me and I am very proud to be the person sitting here now.

“I feel more ready and equipped to do the job, even more than I did a year ago when I left. I’m here to win. That’s the most important thing. But also to win in style so the fans are excited. ”

Steven Gerrard and Michael Beale on the sidelines during a game

Beale was assistant manager to Steven Gerrard (left) when the former Liverpool star was at Ibrox (Photo: Shutterstock)

Rangers said in a statement: “It is an exciting appointment for the club as Beale is undoubtedly one of the most sought after young managers in British football.

In his previous tenure at Rangers, he tirelessly supported manager Steven Gerrard and the coaching staff in their quest for the No. 55 title in 2021, as the club returned to Europe under Gerrard and built a solid reputation there.

Beale only became manager this summer after QPR pulled him from Gerrard’s backroom team at Aston Villa in June. He made a quick impression at Loftus Road when he guided the club to first place in the Championship a month ago before they failed to win any of their last five games before the World Cup break.

John van Bronckhorst

Beale takes over from Giovanni van Bronckhorst, who was fired a week ago (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Londoner’s impressive start in West London management caught Wolves’ attention in October. He turned down a move to Molineux but could not resist the chance to return to Scotland.

Rangers sporting director Ross Wilson added: “This is a highly coveted leadership position and after an intense week of discussions I would like to say a big thank you to all the excellent managers we met to discuss the role.”

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand said it was “a blow” to lose Beale. First team coaches Neil Banfield, Damian Matthew and Harry Watling have also left QPR to join Beale at Gers.

The new manager has just over three weeks to prepare his team for the first home game against Hibernian on December 15.

The Ibrox side are nine points behind Celtic at the top of the Premiership and are eliminated from Europe after losing all six group games in the Champions League.