MICHAEL BEALE will be given permission to open talks with Rangers in the next 24 hours.
As SunSport revealed, the former Ibrox coach is the No 1 contender for the hotseat.
Gers are now set to make an official approach for QPR boss Beale tomorrow.
It includes names like Sean Dyche, Kevin Muscat, Ralph Hasenhuttl and Gerardo Seoane.
But Beale has now let it be known he would welcome an approach and a return to Ibrox.
He was an assistant to Steven Gerrard when the club won their 55th league title last year.
QPR director of football Les Ferdinand also made it clear earlier this week he would not stand in Beale’s way.
It was the same stance the London club took when Wolves made their unsuccessful move for their boss last month.
Beale left Ibrox last November, following Gerrard to Aston Villa.
He then took up the reins at QPR in June this year — later citing “integrity and loyalty” as the reason for rejecting a move to Molineux.
But his head has been turned by Rangers, and a deal could be concluded over the weekend, which would see the Englishman become the club’s 18th permanent manager.
Gers stars will return to the club’s training centre on Monday after a two-week break.
They are out of Europe but have a New Year semi-final against Aberdeen in the Premier Sports Cup at Hampden.
Rangers also begin their defence of the Scottish Cup — the only trophy won by Van Bronckhorst during his year-long stint as boss.
Meanwhile, Gers are now locked in discussions with the backroom team left behind by Van Bronckhorst this week.
It’s understood Dave Vos, Roy Makaay, Arno Philips and Yori Bosschaart are all likely to leave the club in the coming days.