Rangers director of football Mark Allen does not think that the appointment of Seven Gerrard is a gamble by the Ibrox club.

Allen headhunted Gerrard to be the man in charge of the Light Blues even though he has never managed a first-team in his short managerial career thus far.

Despite his lack of experience, Allen believes that Gerrard ticks the boxes required to be a success at Ibrox.

“People say it’s a gamble – I would say define gamble” he said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.

“When I was looking for a manager there were certain characteristics that I was looking for – leadership, experience of winning and the third thing is being able to cope with adversity.

“So when you look at those three attributes and you think: Leadership?

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“He ticks that box. Has he got a winning mentality? I would think it would be very hard to say that he hasn’t got a winning mentality.

“And then you look at the adversity. Well, I think he has had good and bad times.”

Football Insider verdict

Mark Allen can say what he likes about the appointment of Steven Gerrard, but to say that it is not a gamble doesn’t really ring true. The appointment of any manager is a gamble, especially at a club like Rangers, and especially when the manager lacks experience, like Gerrard does. Of course, Allen is the man who wanted Gerrard to become Gers manager rather than more experienced candidates, so he is always going to back the man he has appointed to be a success. The futures of Allen and Gerrard could well be entwined, as you would have to imagine that it won’t reflect well on Allen should Gerrard not be a success at Ibrox. Of course, should Gerrard’s appointment turn out to be a masterstroke, then Allen will be getting plenty of credit for having the foresight to appoint a manager who has returned the Gers to the top of Scottish football.

In other Rangers news, the Gers have launched a bid for a recently relegated striker

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