Michael Bell insists Rangers’ surge in Seville has turned the Ibrox manager’s job into a party no one can turn down.
Former No. 2 Steven Gerrard – who was revealed yesterday as QPR chief – has been talked up as a potential future candidate to lead the Gers once Giovanni van Bronckhorst finally leaves.
But the 41-year-old is expected to find himself at the bottom of the list of big-name contenders to take over at Goffin after watching the Dutchman put the club back on the map by guiding his stunning side to the Europa League final last month.
Bale – who was speaking when he officially started working at Loftus Road after leaving his position alongside Gerrard at Aston Villa – was asked if he dreamed of one day returning to Ibrox and said: “No one would turn down the Glasgow Rangers.
“As now I was a good assistant at Rangers.
“Where are the Rangers now? They can secure any manager they want.
“I am just a junior manager and should be doing well here at QPR. Do I have a lot of friends in Rangers who are friendly with the board of directors? Yes, my bond is strong.
“But, when Jio finally decides to move forward, they will have a bunch of people after the job.
“The club just played in the Europa League final.
“I think they’d look at a much bigger fish than a Mickbell’s.”
Former Liverpool children’s coach Bale was named by Gerrard in 2018 as his right-hand man when the former Anfield captain was tasked with rebuilding the Ibrox group following his failed return to the Premier League.
The Light Blues’ revamp into true championship contenders was eventually completed prior to last season as Gers stormed to claim an undefeated title victory.
The success sparked wild scenes across the city as Jersey loyalists roasted their indomitable team and proved to Bale – who has also worked for giants Chelsea and the Brazilian Sao Paulo – that Glasgow ranks as high as any of the real football centers in the world.
Bale – who moved to Villa Park with Gerrard in November – said: “I moved the family there and lived for three and a half years in Belfron.
“I really enjoyed my time there and it was hard to move on.
“You are leaving a huge club and institution.
“I’ve left the big clubs before – Chelsea, Liverpool, Sao Paulo – it seems like I’m running away from everywhere after a few years!!
Rangers are as big as any of them.
Just look at the 48,000 season tickets and fans around the world.
“Rangers are as big as any club I’ve worked with.
“It’s a great football city. A little crazy and a little bit crazy sometimes.
“I think sometimes the cup is half full instead of half empty and we tend to hit ourselves on the head instead of celebrating the good things that happen.
“Over the past three or four years, there have been two great teams in the country who are doing well in the league, developing players and doing great in Europe. I don’t think this is being promoted enough.
“This is Glasgow Road. I loved it because I love the intensity and the pressure.
“Stress is a privilege in this game. If you are not under pressure you are at the wrong level
“I will always love that pressure that we had to put in so well as not being celebrated with a meager win.
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“I will always have that standard inside of me. I’ve been around clubs where a good job is expected.
“I loved my time in Scotland and the moment or moments when I got excited was turning into one of you guys.
“I was forgetting I came from Kent!
“We had a great experience together on 20/21.
To play 56 matches and only lose two [cup matches] – In addition to the third on penalties – it frustrated me. I know people were running in the streets, singing and dancing.
“But, I wasn’t. I was like a bear with a sore head because I felt we should have won more.”