Gordon Smith delivers verdict on new Rangers senior role
By Danny Wright
Gordon Smith believes Rangers are correct to pursue a model which involves the next Ibrox boss working under a director of football.
However he told BBC Scotland that it would only work if everyone at the club was supportive of it.
Managing director Stewart Robertson revealed that the club are looking to appoint a new director of football, who would be responsible for the club’s recruitment policy.
Smith was appointed in the role in June 2011 by Craig Whyte who was owner of the club at the time. It was the 62-year-old’s duty to aid Ally McCoist during his time as manager at Ibrox.
However Smith was made redundant in February 2012 after the club entered administration.
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“It works provided everyone involved in the club is willing to get behind it,” Smith said. “I feel it’s the right way ahead.”
The director of football role is strongly associated with clubs in continental Europe, especially those in Italy and Germany.
“We’ve been a bit reluctant in Scotland to apply it,” Smith added. “But you have some clubs now who are doing it, and Hearts are a good example.
“It’s working well there so I think that’s exactly what Rangers need to do to take the club forward in a very positive sense.”
Rangers’ first step will be to appoint a new manager after Mark Warburton left the club last Friday.
Alex McLeish and Aberdeen’s Derek McInnes appear to be the favourites but Frank de Boer has also been linked with the job and his agent confirmed his client was interested.
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