Reading boss Paul Ince has weighed in on Michael Beale's controversial move to Scottish giants Rangers, airing his surpise that he turned down Premier League Wolves.

Beale, a former first-team coach at Ibrox under Steven Gerrard, reportedly turned down a chance to succeed Bruno Lage at Molinuex before moving to Glasgow just weeks later.

Ince, a former Wolves captain who came up against Beale in the dugout at Queens Park Rangers this season, believes the fellow Londoner has what it takes to succeed at Rangers.

"Michael Beale is a lovely fella and a very good young coach," he was telling Lord Ping. "I understand why QPR fans feel disrespected but maybe it was a job that can't turn down. 

"There's going to be a lot of pressure for Michael because they're competing with a very good Celtic team at the moment and he'll know what will happen if he doesn't hit the ground running. 

"Michael has a very tough job ahead of him so I hope he gets time and money to spend to show what he can do.

"I can't believe Michael turned down a Premier League job, I would never do that but I'm sure he's capable of being successful at Rangers and I wish him all the luck in the world."

Former Blackpool boss Neil Critchley has taken over at Loftus Road.

QPR have lost four on the spin since the Beale rumours began circling, dropping out of the play-off positions and behind the Royals, sitting eighth and ninth respectively.