Alan Hutton has admitted he is baffled by the departure of Mark Allen as Rangers’ Director of Football after the Light Blues released an official statement.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Gers defender and lifelong fan at Ibrox says that he thought the announcement was “strange” and suggested there might have been some sort of issue behind-closed-doors.
The Gers confirmed that Allen was stepping down from his role as Director of Football last week, having joined the backroom staff at Ibrox back in 2017.
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Hutton says that the senior figure, who worked in recruiting new signings among other responsibilities, has done a good job at Ibrox and that it was bizarre he was leaving his post.
Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s strange, it’s a strange one for me. I don’t know the ins and outs of it, I’ve not heard anything from any of the boys but seeing what everybody else is saying in the press, I don’t really understand it.
“He’s the main one working with Gerrard since he came in, he’s had such a big say on the signings and stuff and he’s done well in my opinion, done a very good job. For him to come out and say it was family reasons, I don’t know if there’s some underlying problems.
“It just seems a little bit strange.”
As well as dealing with transfers, which has seen big names like Jermaine Defoe, Andy King and Ryan Kent arrive at Ibrox, Allen is also credited with improving the club’s training facilities.
Managing Director Stewart Robertson said that the Light Blues were “disappointed” to lose him, while Steven Gerrard heralded the support he had offered since joining as manager.