'Great challenge' - Ewan Chester gives insight on new Rangers senior man
By James Black
Former Rangers chief scout Ewan Chester has given some insight into the man recently appointed to his old job at Ibrox Andy Scoulding – and called his new role a “great challenge.”
Scoulding was recently appointed by Ibrox director of football Mark Allen as part of a scouting overhaul and Chester revealed how he gave the former Liverpool, England and Valencia scout his first opportunity to keep tabs on an opponent.
Chester worked alongside Scoulding at Fulham where the former Ibrox scouting boss was head of recruitment and Scoulding was a video analyst making his first steps in football.
“Andy was a video analyst with Fulham at the time, part of a terrific support staff we had behind the scenes, and I got him to cross the line from analysis to scouting,” Chester said, as quoted by the Daily Record website.
“My scouting staff was quite defined in terms of who covered which games and we were looking at Spurs over a number of matches before we were due to play them in the league.
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“One of those games was a League Cup fixture against Arsenal and we knew they tended to play a skeleton side in that tournament, so it made more sense for one of the senior scouts to watch another opponent that night.
“Andy was so full of enthusiasm and was keen to get involved so I cleared it with Chris Coleman and our managing director, David McNally.
“Andy went to White Hart Lane and gave me a comprehensive report of the match he had seen.”
Scoulding was one of four new senior appointments by the Gers alongside Dave Swanick, John Brown, and Billy McLaren as Mark Allen starts to implement changes behind-the-scenes at Ibrox.
Rangers’ scouting department is one area of the club that has really been neglected in the wake of the club’s financial meltdown in 2012 and successive managers have complained that the lack of investment in that area has left them recruiting players with one hand behind their back.
Chester spent two decades at Ibrox under managers such as Graeme Souness, Walter Smith and Dick Advocaat and was most recently serving as an advisor for Birmingham City.
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