Usually when it comes to the Old Firm, there are off the field issues that need to be dealt with, sometimes of the unsavoury variety.

But the season one of the biggest battles between the clubs, could be between the club’s sporting directors heads of recruitment, Mark Allen of Rangers, and Lee Congerton of Celtic.

In a way, Allen has a lot more to lose, as he was behind the idea to make Steven Gerrard the new manager at Ibrox, whilst Congerton was brought in by Brendan Rodgers at Celtic, as the two men worked together before at Chelsea.

So far, Allen has been a lot more busy than Congerton, as he signed a raft of players for then manager Graeme Murty in the January transfer window, and has signed five players already for Gerrard.

Congerton had a decent summer last year for the Hoops, with the signings of Odsonne Edouard and Olivier Ntcham a success, but the January window was a bit of a damp squib, as the main signing, Charly Musonda, returned to Chelsea.

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Naturally both men are under huge pressure, as any time a signing fails to live up to its’ potential they will get the blame, and Allen has the added pressure of being the men who headhunted Gerrard for the manager’s job, and if he fails then Allen will no doubt get the blame.

There’s not long to go until the season begins in earnest for both clubs, and already each move they make generates great scrutiny.

Allen and Congerton will know better than most, that they must be successful or their time at each club could be over.

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